- Paperback: 415 pages
- Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061776734
- ISBN-13: 978-0061776731
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,111,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Four months after her husband's death, Janie LaMarche remains undone by grief and anger. Her mourning is disrupted, however, by the unexpected arrival of a builder with a contract to add a porch onto her house. Stunned, Janie relizes the porch was meant to be a surprise from her husband- now his last gift to her. As she reluctantly allows construction to begin, Janie clings to the familiar outpost of her sorrow- mothering her two small children with fierce protectiveness, avoiding friends and family, and stewing in rage she can't release. Yet Janie's self-imposed isolation is breached by a cast of unlikely interventionists: her chattering, ipcac-toting aunt; her bossy. over-manicured neighbor; her muffin-bearing cousin; and even Tug, the private contractor with a grief of his own. As the porch takes shape, Janie discovers that the unknowable terrain of the future is best navigated with the help of others- even those we least expect to call on, much less learn to love.
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It was sad and at times, I felt like crying for the main character, her children especially her brave little son, her family members, and those who tried to overcome her grief stricken steel armor to be her friend. Loved Shelly, the cousin, the contractor and the aunt. All rich and well written characters.
As soon as I get home I'm going to download more from Juliette Fay.
Ohhhh, and I almost forgot!! Mike! What a NICE SURPRISE! As the story was progressing, I kept thinking... 'Gosh, Mike is so like my two children and my husband.' Something kept ringing there with Mike's traits, and I knew it before J. Fay announced it in the novel. My husband and boys all have Asperger syndrome, and I loved how this was touched on with gentleness with Mike's character. Such a spot-on introduction to Asperger's without being so in-your-face... well done. Really, it was spot-on perfect. It makes me think Juliette Fay must personally know somebody with Asperger's because to get it THAT right, that perfect... you have to live with it to understand it that thoroughly. I loved it, and when I picked up this novel, I had no idea I'd read anything about Asperger's. For me: a nice surprise. I thought it was a really nice way to subtly raise more awareness about AS without the book actually being about AS...since Mike's just really a secondary character to the actual story. Hat's off to you, Ms. Fay! I really appreciated that. :)
Just bought Deep Down True as well, and I'm already enjoying it. I think I found a new favorite author! :) :)
In the midst of her grief, one day a builder shows up at her house with the plans for adding a porch on to the house. Janie had nothing to do with the porch and realized that it was a surprise gift from her husband and would be his last gift to her. Tug, the builder, understands Janie's grief since he has his own quiet sadness going on.
Part of the story is told through Janie's journal entries which are interspersed with the third person narrative. I enjoyed reading her personal thoughts and Janie was very real to me, as were most of the other characters. This book is well-written with very well developed characters. It isn't a fluffy, sappy story at all, but a genuine look at grief and how it affects one woman's life and the life of her family, friends and even her priest. Janie is down to earth, practical and is trying to keep her children's lives as normal as possible, but the difficulties she encounters with some of the pre-school mothers who are a bit diva-ish are the opposite of Janie. Janie's anger takes on a life of its own when her dressy neighbor is a bit late bringing her son home from a play date. She tolerates her ipecac-toting aunt who will come to Janie's aid whenever she is needed, ipecac or not.