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A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents Paperback – December 23, 2009
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I really, really enjoyed Liza Palmer's portrayal of this family. The characters, their feelings, their interactions, and their conversations all rang true to me. Of course, the makeup of my family is almost identical to that of the Hawkes', down to the ages, so I may have related more than the average reader. Even if that were the case, I feel that Ms. Palmer is extraordinarily gifted at illustrating even the most mundane ways that siblings interact with one another, and how each tends to have their `role' assigned in childhood and can never quite shed it after that.
The book really explores some of the issues related to losing a parent (which can happen in many ways), and how we struggle to adulthood carrying our scars with us. The writing is fresh, crisp, and in many cases, very funny. The only thing keeping me from giving it five stars is that the writing was uneven in some places. But it was a very nice read that made me look forward to more of Ms. Palmer's books.
I will soon be reading her other books and hopefully she will keep writing them - I for sure will keep buying them. Please do read them - she is BRILLIANT!
I am almost finished with this book and hate to put it down. Liza Palmer tells an important story in a way that keeps the reader turning pages. I have learned a lot in the two books I have already become familiar with. It is almost like finding a new friend.
Grace, the main character, has been living in a detached fog since her mother's death five years before. She doesn't speak to any of her siblings or her former boyfriend. Instead, she's floating through life without feeling anything. When her father--who left the family when Grace was a teenager--has a stroke, Grace is forced to confront the pain that she's kept buried.
I loved all the relationships in this book. John, Grace's former boyfriend, is what you want in a hero--smart, kind, but with an edge. It is perhaps somewhat unrealistic that he'd be available to Grace after five years (throughout, I kept thinking that two to three years would have made more sense), but there's good tension between them and I was invested in their outcome.
I also loved Huston, Abigail, and Leo--is it too much to hope that they all get their own books in the future?
Pick this up when you want a feel-good read that isn't dumbed down.
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This is the story of Grace Hawkes, a woman who has spent the majority of her life running from painful situations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy A
Good book. They wont let me leave this page till i type 20 or more pages nnnn mmmm. Kkk. Lllll.Published 7 months ago by Sports Family
I enjoyed this story, and will miss the characters......
I read it a very short time, because I was anxious to find out the ending.
Can't get past the first page. If you're going to use a 5K in your plot, maybe find out how far that actually is before you write about it.Published on March 30, 2014 by Teri
I enjoyed the book because of the relationships portrayed by the siblings. Being from a family of four, I also get how each one has their role in the family dynamic. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Robin Owens
Wow!!!! The book kept me so very intrigued until the very end. I have a new favorite author....great read... great book...Published on February 1, 2013 by steffie
I grabbed this book off of the bargain table at my local bookstore. I was intrigued by the title and decided to check out a chapter or two before buying. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Becky Scott