The characters are really unlikeable in the beginning, but that is what kept me reading. Brooke and Alex must not confront what they have been unable to face. And The Lost Daughter was born. The characters, deeply flawed but very human, draw you in. Which is when things go horribly awry.
This was a fabulous book! When Brooke's high school boyfriend Alex--now divorced and mourning the death of his young son--unexpectedly resurfaces, Sean begins to suspect an affair. Brooke O'Connor - elegant, self-possessed, and kind - has a happy marriage and a deeply loved young daughter. She has a real knack for creating dramatic tension. It was imperative to feel the emotions of the characters then, so that you could better understand why the secret they kept for so long was still haunting them. Overall, these were flawed people, however, they were people I could empathize with.
The only things I didn't like were little inconsistencies in the support A lot of people I have found didn't like the tone and disturbing nature of this book. Bad, bad I did not like this book. The upper-middle-middle class families were predictably unreal and borderline cold; the lower working class families were rough and warm once they were impressed enough to open up a bit. A child left for dead at birth reappears 15 years later to transform the lives of her parents. Lucy Ferriss's haunting novel reveals the profound ways in which remorse over the past can not only derail lives but also-sometimes-redeem them.
With her marriage--and her emotional equilibrium--at stake, Brooke must confront what she has been unwilling to face for so long. Lucy Ferriss's haunting novel reveals the profound ways in which remorse over the past can not only derail lives but also--sometimes--redeem them. So her adamant refusal to have a second child confounds her husband, Sean. Lily rushes north and what she discovers causes her to fear for her daughter's mental state. Her novel The Lost Daughter came out earlier this year, and has already gone back for a second printing. I feel like a story can be told without using the language and the detail that was used in this book.
They return to the scene of the crime to seek closure and, Brooke hopes, save her rocky marriage. Louis, Lucy has lived on both coasts, in the middle, and abroad. Except then halfway through the book there was a turn I wasn't expecting, one that completely changed the pace of the book. I kept reading to see how they would try to find or find closure from these events. What Ferriss has done in this amazing piece of work is remind us all of our own brokenness, and how no matter what we might achieve or who we might become, there are some things that will never go away. Ferriss Nerves of the Heart writes many lovely, poetic passages, but this maudlin tale, full of flawed souls flung implausibly together, relies on too many coincidences.
She has two strong sons and abiding passions for music, politics, travel, tennis, and wilderness. Alex, her high school sweetheart, finds himself in the horrible place of having to deliver prematurely the baby in a seedy hotel room. I did not feel that the author tried to make her audience feel any certain way about what was happening with the characters. Brooke O'Connor--elegant, self-possessed, and kind--has a happy marriage and a deeply loved young daughter. The name comes from the reflective yellow vests that all French drivers are required to keep in their cars in case of emergency.
There is something to be said for this authors ability to create such strong contrasting characters. Very minimal wear and tear. Those are people whose dreams have died hard, and they are bitter. If you enjoy and great read with a deep and beautifully written story this is a book for you. With her marriage—and her emotional equilibrium—at stake, Brooke must confront what she has been unwilling to face for so long. She has two sons and teaches at Trinity College in Connecticut.
All that being said I didn't love the characters. I realize it's a bit of work to get through the first bits, but I think if you continue you'll appreciate it as well. . So her adamant refusal to have a second child confounds her husband, Sean. I think the pretty cover throws people off.
Once I pi I read the first chapter three weeks ago. This book was completely different from what I expected. I have to say, this book was such a great choice to begin 2013 with. Nashda of course and her family. My decision to purchase this book weighed mostly on one of my favorite author's Wally Lamb recommendation comment on the cover of the book. Afia and her brother Shahid live between two worldsand 8212; their traditional family in rural Pakistan, and New England's liberal college culture.
Even after they have moved on in other relationships, they are joined to the hurt of the past, and new challenges in their l Sometimes we are so lost in our past that it is impossible to fully live in the present. I can see why some got angry when reading this book but if it gets you that worked up then it must be well written. A story of love, loss, guilt, and redemption, the characters were well drawn - mostly just regular people who try to do their best. I lived in Hartford for several years and had no idea the book was set in that location. It just now that I am sitting down to post my review here, hoping that others will experience the treasure that I found while reading it. Sometimes we are so lost in our past that it is impossible to fully live in the present. Only Alex knows the truth that drove them apart.