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Shaken and Stirred Paperback – June 14, 2011
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I was captured by the first paragraph and enjoyed this book so thoroughly that I found myself watching the dwindling pages left to read with a bit of sadness.
These characters are so memorable, I chuckled out loud on more than one occasion while reading this book, trust me you will too.
Fortunately for me, I'm part of an online book group and this is the book they are reading for February. I'm new to the group and I wanted to participate in a least some small way. So I sucked it up and bought the book. Well you know the adage; don't judge a book by its cover; that couldn't be any truer in this instance.
Shaken and Stirred is a quirky and fun novel. On more than one occasion I was laughing out loud and had to explain what I was laughing at. The novel is written in a way that tell's Poppy's story and relates childhood events to her current life situation.
When I first started reading the book I did find myself a little confused as the story worked it's way back and forth between current day events and childhood memories but it didn't take long for me as the reader to get into the flow of the story and how the author switched back and forth.
I don't know that I would personally classify this as a romance novel, in my opinion this is a great fiction story and now I have another author I can stalk read.
Opyr is adept at developing characters and creating scenes, blending them together like layers on a painting to give the story depth and detail. There are many moments when Opyr reveals herself as an astute observer of the human condition. Shaken and Stirred deals with serious situations such as the loss of a lover, living with an alcoholic, family infidelity and the death of a relative, but Opyr shows that sometimes they can also be very funny. The reality is that sometimes people laugh at funerals. Poppy understands each of her relatives and friends perfectly. There just is not anything she can do with or about them. At least she recognizes the absurdity of her situation. Laughter becomes a defense mechanism for both Poppy and the reader.
Joan Opyr used her own roots in North Carolina to create a story about a family of strong women, flawed if appealing men and children who are trying not to be associated with them. Southern mannerisms and attitudes abound, but in a genteel and sometimes preposterous presentation. There are issues for the reader to ponder and hardly a page will go by without eliciting a smile or a laugh out loud. This is an easy book to read and a lot of fun also.
Poppy Kowalski doesn't have time for a peaceful, quiet recovery from a hysterectomy. She has to fly across the country and deal with her entirely dysfunctional and hysterical family. Her alcoholic grandfather lies comatose in a hospital bed, and only Poppy can pull the plug. From pillar to post, from her grandfather's bedside to flashbacks from her youth, to ridiculous meetings with her mother and grandmother, from revisiting her first love to discovering a new one, Poppy has a full plate.
All is handled with tremendous skill, with humor, and with a genuine fondness for crazy.
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From page one I started laughing and kept chuckling throughout the rest of the story. Joan Opry is amazingly talented writer! Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Saluta
Excellent! Poppy Koslowski goes home to North Carolina to pull the plug on her grandfather. Naturally, this is about way more than pulling the plug. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by ElaineB
I bought this because I loved Joan Opyr's two previous novels. I was surprised to find that this story is completely unrelated to the other two. That's OK, though. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Deanna Dean