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Family Pictures: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 2014
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Two women with even more in common than troubled daughters anchor Green’s latest offering. Widowed in her twenties, Sylvie Haydn raised her daughter, Eve, on her own until handsome businessman Mark Hathaway walked into her life and swept her off her feet. Mark becomes not only an adoring husband to Sylvie but also a doting father to Eve. For Sylvie, his only flaw is how often he travels for business, leading her to worry that he might be having an affair. When Eve travels to New York with a friend for a college visit, she discovers Mark’s secret is even more startling: he has another family. The revelation of Mark’s perfidy shakes not only Sylvie and Eve to the core but also his other family—wife Maggie, an unhappy socialite, and their three children. Readers might wish Green had focused a little less on the buildup to the less-than-shocking reveal and more on the aftermath and the unexpected bonds formed in the wake of the dissolution of two families. Nonetheless, it’s still an absorbing read with a gratifying conclusion. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Green’s latest will be launched with a 150,000-print run, author appearances, and a multimedia national publicity blitz. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
“Family Pictures left me feeling envious of the friends to whom I recommended the book, because they had the prospect of an engrossing story to gobble up in the near future. Green's novels consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings.” ―Redbook
“Will linger with you after you close the book.” ―People
“A riveting story about two women who are strangers until a shocking secret brings them together.” ―SheKnows.com
“Explores complex family dynamics with warmth. An inverted fairytale in which happily-ever-after occurs without the prince.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“An absorbing read with a gratifying conclusions.” ―Booklist
“The women she writes about are believable and likable characters, but their lives are also complicated and rooted in realities that keep them grounded.” ―Baltimore Sun
“Bestselling author Green's compelling novel will shock and surprise readers with a startling revelation as surely as it will tug on their heartstrings. Once again she displays her gift for creating characters readers will care about.” ―RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
“Family Pictures is a page-turner with a fire lit to it…Green manages to entertain, while digging into the deep psyches of her characters to uncover the painful truth that lies within us all.” ―Woodbury Magazine
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***One of the two main characters is at a birthday party with a small group of women. The hostess of the party says to the women, "You three are my best friends!" And yet, I actually counted four characters, not including the hostess. One woman's name is first mentioned as Laura, but then in the course of the ladies' conversation, it changes to Lara. This may not seem like a huge deal, but the author can't seem to remember how many characters she has in any given scene, and can't seem to remember the names she has given them. It was sloppy. And there are a few examples of this type of annoyance throughout the book.
***The OTHER protagonist has a friend named LARA (see above as to why this is confusing). She also has a friend named Ginny Meyer, who was ALSO mentioned as being at the birthday party referenced above (these women are all on opposite coasts, complete strangers to each other). At first I thought, oh, this woman knows BOTH of the main characters - this must mean something! Important plot point? Nope. Her name never came up again. But Ginny Meyer was clearly listed as being a guest at the birthday party on the West coast, and also as being at a dinner with the other main character on the East coast. But again, no mention was ever made of her again even though she seemed to be an acquaintance of both women. I guess the author forgot which character's friend she actually was. I thought that since she was listed as 'Ginny Meyer' in both scenarios, that it was a name I was supposed to remember because it added to the story somehow. WRONG. Annoying x 10.
***George? This character was supposed to be at a dinner with one of the main characters and her elderly landlords, it is even said that the landlord lady escorted him up to her house. But when the main character gets to the dinner party, no mention is made of George at all - and there was even a rundown of everyone who was a guest at this dinner. It's like this author introduces characters and then quickly forgets about them within a matter of minutes - even when she makes it a point to note that one of the other characters invited George up to the house for dinner. He just up and disappeared. I can't figure out what his purpose was, anyway, but still. He was so quickly forgotten about. VERY. POOR. EDITING.
There were a few more things, but you get the point. I can't believe that a book would be on shelves to sell to the public with so many editing mistakes and glaring continuity errors of this magnitude. I expect more from a book that was reviewed in and recommended by 'People' magazine. Is this all it takes to get a book published? A kindergartener could have edited this better. Unbelievable!
As with nearly all of Green's work, I didn't want it to end. Yearning for more and wondering if she is typing at this moment and hoping if I will her hard enough, she will up her output to twenty books a year. Producing the stories that lay breathing in my Kindle....waiting to bring me up to speed with the events in their pages. Buy this book. Buy ALL her books and then share them with friends!
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It is the same as accidental husband.
And of course i had bought that one as well. So money wasted and bad mood😤