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The Making of Us: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, June 5, 2018
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About the Author
Helen Duff studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier, and the University of Cambridge. Based in London, she is a comedian, an actor, and the narrator of several audiobooks.
- Item Weight : 2.96 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1974902366
- ISBN-13 : 978-1974902361
- Dimensions : 6.04 x 1.13 x 5.04 inches
- Publisher : Dreamscape Media; Unabridged edition (June 5, 2018)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,022,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Early in the book, Lydia makes nasty comments about another client of her trainer, Bendiks, and goes out of her way to point out that the women is Jewish as she makes very derogatory comments about her. There is a further, less overtly antisemitic but still bizarre description of the first man Robyn has sex with, "Christian was his name. Jewish was his religion. Circumised was his penis. Quick was his coming." It is completely unclear to me why the reader needs to know that her first unsatisfactory encounter was with a Jewish man, and why she needs to emphasize that he is uncircumcised. Is this supposed to detract from her pleasure?
I am shocked these comments got by her editors and don't know what her deal is, but as a proud Jew who is concerned about the recent uptick of antisemitism, I won't be buying any more of her books and I think she owes her readers (Jewish an not) an apology and explanation.
Which, I guess is a nice way of saying that this isn't her best work. There is much I like about it, but I can't say it was a wholly successful book.
There was much I liked about it. It was the premise that drew me into this book--a group of people who are brought together because their biological fathers were all the same sperm donor. For some reason, the maternal tie always seem to be celebrated in books (and movies...and TV...) while the paternal one is sometimes forgotten. Plus, the idea of a sperm donor seems so much less personal than, say, a mother who gave up her children for adoption or a woman who donated her eggs. I applaud Jewell for taking the road less traveled, so to say, on this topic.
One thing that has always impressed me about Jewell is her ability to create characters. Lydia is especially fascinating, probably because we get the most backstory for her. I also found the convention of telling Daniel's story--Daniel is the father--through the eyes of another person. I think that was an important facet of this story and added a necessary wall between the siblings and the parent.
Now, here is the flaw that kept me from thoroughly enjoying this book. I'll admit that this is something that might not bother other readers, but was an obstacle that I could not overcome. This story seemed very unbalanced. Much time was spent on Lydia and almost as much on Dean, but significantly less was spent on Robyn. In fact, there were times that I forgot she was even part of the story. There is also a 4th sibling who is dealt with a bit too casually for my taste and, as much as I enjoyed Daniel's story through Maggie's eyes, I felt Maggie's arc was wrapped up too easily.
While this wasn't Lisa Jewell's best book in my opinion, it did keep my interest enough that I would still read more of her back list, as well as her new books as they are released. I would still recommend this book and I'm sure that what I found lacking would not bother many other readers.
I won't go into detail and spoil the book for you, and the product description does just enough to give you a general sense of the novel.
Here is my reaction after reading it: The book is a good read but not nearly as good as "The House We Grew Up In". The characters are less developed, the writing not quite as crisp, but mostly the lighter chick-lit/romance roots of the author show through. There are gaps in the story that left me wondering why and how, particularly in Maggie's storyline. Things are little too pat with little to mar the rosy outcome of the story and (my biggest complaint) deep emotions are felt immediately by everyone.
Bottom line: If you are looking for lighter reading but want some exposure to a story line not dependent on romance, this would be a great choice. If you what more substance in your next selection, I would pass on this one until in the right frame of mind. Would have been a great beach book, just not one that holds up against her later efforts.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is beautifully written. I always liked Lisa Jewell's style, but here she has moved up a gear. Once again she is able to spin different narrative threads and bring them all together to form a rich tapestry of characters, events and emotions. The characters are all well depicted and it's easy to empathize with their feelings and the situations they find themselves in.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves well crafted stories with a positive message about life and its many surprises. It's a novel I will read again and again!
Yes, it was a wee bit mawkish in the end, as some of her other books were, but let's face it, when you read Lisa Jewell you are expecting a feel-good ending, and that's what you get. A really good story, well told, and satisfying. What more could you want!
When I received the book I was looking forward to reading it and the cover with it's bright turquoise colours looked as usual very appealing. Lydia, Robyn and Dean are the glue that holds this story together along with their anonymous sperm donor father Daniel.
We are introduced to each of the characters in turn and learn their current situation as well as a little of each of their pasts. The story was unhurried but not slow, it gives the reader time to get a real feel for each of these people and how their lives have been affected by being the result of a sperm donor as a father.
The character Lydia was the first we meet and as we see her wealth and personal success we also see the downside to her life and the way in which she deals with the problems she faces. Lydia seems to be the catalyst for the others joining in the story and slowly we meet young Robyn who seems to have it all but knows there is something missing. Lastly we meet Dean whose life seems to be one big train wreck, and although he isn't making smart choices I loved his character.
By the time you are over halfway through the book you are rooting for all of them involved as you feel like you are taking the journey that links their pasts with them. I read this book in a day and a half and though it was absolutely brilliant.
It isn't your typical `chick lit' story but Lisa Jewell's brilliant writing style shines through as ever and she has an edge of humour even amongst the sadness. This certainly wasn't what I expected but I have to say it equated to so much more in my eyes. Lisa Jewell has produced a very touching story with loveable characters and has introduced an original storyline to boot.
Even though this may not seem like her sort of book, trust me it's even better and well worth picking up to read, highly recommended!!!