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Say When : A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, April 20, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
I was astonished at Berg's ability to so successfully write from the point of view of a man. Griffin is a multi-layered, realistic character; in him, I saw some of my own husband's traits (only the good ones, of course). He is a brilliantly-honed character that incites sympathy in the reader; likewise, Griffin and Ellen's eight-year-old daughter, Zoe, is equally realistic and sympathetic. Zoe is intelligent, strong-willed, and incredibly observant; with her amazingly revealing dialogue, Berg deftly illustrates the true depth of Zoe's feelings.
The only character I was unable to warm up to was Ellen, Griffin's wife--which perhaps was intentional. I found her to be unreasonably cold, selfish, and unloving.Read more ›
Told in the first-person, from Griffin's point of view, it provides a refreshing and poignant look at how time can cause complacency and a sudden jolt can bring about immense change in a relationship. He performs many acts of kindness in an effort to win her back, but as Ellen tells him, it is too little, too late.
An impulsive decision to become a department store Santa has a profound effect on Griffin, as he forges new friendships, attempts to jump back into the dating pool, and strives to understand what led Ellen astray and figure out if perhaps his lack of spontaneity drove her away.
Eventually, the stress of remaining together as roommates (and Griffin waiting up for her after her dates with "Opie") takes its toll, and Ellen branches out for a little independence by getting an apartment. The setting might have changed, but the same problems are still there. As a reader, we are kept guessing until the very end how the relationship will unfold and the effect it will have on Zoe.
The fact that the story is told from the husband's point of view is refreshing, as is the fact that there are no bad guys here--both Griffin and Ellen are nice people who have made some mistakes. Furthermore, both are good parents to Zoe, and their interactions with their child are completely realistic as well as touching. In the midst of his domestic turmoil, Griffin gets a job as a mall Santa during the Christmas season, and his conversations with his many young visitors also ring true. The plot is simple yet never predictable, easily engaging the reader in a comfortable way. Overall, this is a delightful little book about marriage, family life, and second chances.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Elizabeth Berg never writes a bad novel. From the beginning to end she draws in her readers with complex and irresistible characters, plots and events. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this and loved that the narration was from the male point of view, as this isn't often found in novels. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Seaside Reader
I enjoyed the novel but it was a little slow to start. Every married couple has its ups and downs, twists and turns. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Banks
I like Elizabeth Berg's writing, but in this novel of a marriage told from the husband's perspective, I just didn't find the characters engaging. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Augusta
Another terrific novel by Elizabeth Berg. “Say When” offers an insightful glance into a marriage that’s been eroding for years. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael D. Gilmore
A powerful story that feels so real. I've been there and the storyline brought it all back to memory. The author's ability to explain the unexplainable was so moving.Published 22 months ago by LinRupp
It was the best book by elizabeth berg....one of those rare surprises that life throws at you.Published 23 months ago by Dhriti Beri