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by Anne Leclaire

eBook Entering Normal download ISBN: 0345445724
Author: Anne Leclaire
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (May 29, 2001)
Language: English
Pages: 304
ePub: 1896 kb
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction

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бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. In the tradition of The Good Mother and The Deep End of the Ocean, Anne D. LeClaire delivers a heartbreakingand breathtakingnovel of two very different but equally loving mothers who face the most painful of loss. LeClaire delivers a heartbreakingand breathtakingnovel of two very different but equally loving mothers who face the most painful of losses and then find the courage not only to go on but to find meaning and hope in their lives. Rose Nelson is a middle-aged woman with a broken past, a sorrow from which she cannot recover

All she does every day is housework, over and over, room after room, a mechanical occupation that produces a gleaming house

All she does every day is housework, over and over, room after room, a mechanical occupation that produces a gleaming house. hosed and stacked overhead in the garage; windows washed; curtains laundered and ironed; summer cottons washed and packed away; woodwork scrubbed; kitchen cabinets straightened. This ritual cleaning used to fill her with pleasure, but now she does it mindlessly, without even the dim satisfaction of accomplishment.

With Entering Normal and Leaving Eden, Anne LeClaire brilliantly probed the interior lives of women-friends, mothers, daughters-bringing to vivid life the conflict, surprises, and resilience of their complex relationships. Now in her new novel, The Law of Bound Hearts, LeClaire focuses her gaze on sisters, with the same compassion, insight, and startling breadth of emotion. Sisters Libby and Sam Lewis were inseparable as little girls, best friends and soul mates. But a terrible event during in their 30s completely shatters their tender connection.

Entering Normal book. Though Rose Nelson is an older woman still mourning her son, who died five years ago, and Opal Gates is a young single mother scrabbling to raise her 5-year-old son, the two women begin to cleave together.

Entering Normal is a story of family, a novel about courage, loss, risk, and betrayal. It is a story that goes to the heart of love

Entering Normal is a story of family, a novel about courage, loss, risk, and betrayal. It is a story that goes to the heart of love. About Entering Normal. LeClaire delivers a heartbreaking–and breathtaking–novel of two very different but equally loving mothers who face the most painful of losses and then find the courage not only to go on but to find meaning and hope in their lives.

LeClaire's skill for describing human action succeeds here as well, as her characters fail and triumph with realistic probability.

Though Rose Nelson is an older woman still mourning her son, who died five years ago, and Opal Gates is a young single mother scrabbling to raise her 5-year-old son, the two women begin to cleave together. LeClaire's skill for describing human action succeeds here as well, as her characters fail and triumph with realistic probability. Alternately melodious and emotionally torturous, Almost Normal is a moving debut. O'Brien Genre: Sagas. Praise for this book.

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Memorable Book and Memorable Characters. com User, March 8, 2003. Entering Normal by Anne D. Leclaire is one of those books that finds you reading late into the night and asking for more. As I was about to finish this book, I was sorry I couldn't be reading it for the first time.

In the tradition of The Good Mother and The Deep End of the Ocean, Anne D. LeClaire delivers a heartbreaking–and breathtaking–novel of two very different but equally loving mothers who face the most painful of losses and then find the courage not only to go on but to find meaning and hope in their lives.Rose Nelson is a middle-aged woman with a broken past, a sorrow from which she cannot recover. Secretly guilty about her role in her teenaged son’s death five years ago, she has sealed herself off from life, enveloped by a grief that has slowly eaten away at her relationship with her husband.Against her will, Rose is drawn into the world she has avoided when Opal Gates and her five-year-old son, Zack, move in next door. Determined to start an independent life for herself, twenty-year-old Opal has left her family and the father of her son in North Carolina. But when she quickly begins an affair with Tyrone Miller, a part-time mechanic and local musician, Opal unwittingly breaks the tacit rules of both her family and her new hometown.Initially, Rose cannot bear the sight of Opal and her son. But later when Zack is injured, she instinctively lies to protect Opal from a single mistake that changes the lives of everyone involved.Faced with a custody suit brought by Zack’s father and her own parents, Opal faces a trial in which each choice she has made will be used as ammunition in the battle to take Zack away from her. Confronting such devastating loss and the questions it poses are at the heart of Entering Normal. How does one go on after great tragedy? What is a family? What sacrifices must a mother be willing to make for her child? And how can a good mother sometimes make bad choices? Entering Normal is a story of family, a novel about courage, loss, risk, and betrayal. It is a story that goes to the heart of love.
Comments: (7)
Mr Freeman
In Anne D. Leclaire's powerfully written novel, the reader enters the lives of two women who are far from normal. Opal is a young woman with a small boy who has fled from her mother, the father of her child, and her past. She moves next door to Rose who is a middle aged woman whose only child has been killed in an automobile accident. She has been grieving for 5 years, an activity that totally absorbs her. She has a loving husband who has tried to help her move on but she does not want to move on, partly because of the guilt she feels about her son's death. Opal's presence is the catalyst for change that Rose cannot ignore. This book is a page turner. From the time I began reading the first page until the end of the story, I did not want to interrupt the experience. By the way she presents Opal, Rose, and Rose's husband Ned in additional to several peripheral characters, Anne D. Leclaire reveals herself as a warm, caring, insightful person. She is the author of several previous novels that are also worth reading. I am recommending this novel to my book club and friends.
Sha
I really enjoyed this book. The character development was good, and I really liked and felt I knew the people. I could relate to their situations and the way they reacted (most of the time), so I found the book believable.

There were twists and turns that I was not anticipating, but I was happy with the resolution of the story. The writing was clean and did not make me want to reach for an editors pencil, which is a real plus! This one was definitely worth reading.
Chilele
The ending was weak.
Doomwarden
Not having read anything previously by this author, I didn't know what to expect, although I liked the story description inside the book jacket when I found the book at a library book sale. Once I began reading it, I couldn't get away from the story! I made sure to make time to read more each day so that I could finish the book; it held my attention from page 1 onward. The two main characters, Rose and Opal, could be any given woman in smalltown USA - neighbors who have much in common yet don't get to know one another until tragedy joins them together, and they realize how very much they have in common and how much they need each other. Opal needed Rose as a mother figure she lacked in her own life, whereas Rose, although afraid to get close to anyone with a small child, a son especially as Opal had, which made Rose constantly remember her own deceased son when he was growing up. Fear held both of them back from each other, but fear also joined them together. Reading "Entering Normal" gives the reader a complete view of not just what's going on in the story and all the side characters that are also vital to the story of Rose and Opal, but the reader also gets to know the true inner thoughts and fears of the characters. This story shows how fragile life is, whether you're just 20-years-old or thrust into midlife and wondering will will become of you. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to gain insight into the loves, fears, losses and hopes of real-life.
SadLendy
Opal,an unwed mother and her five year old son,Zack,are escaping her life in North Carolina;away from her opressive mother,Melva,and the unwilling father of her son,Billy.She ends up in the small town of Normal in Massachusetts,moving into a house next door to Rose and Ned. Their son,Todd, was killed in an accident five years earlier and Rose cannot escape the prison of her grief over Todd's death.Opal is a free spirit,albeit a good mother . An unfortunant accident reluctantly involves Rose, which opens a small door to their bonding. Roses' guilt over this forces her away from Opel, but already a change is being wrought upon her by their brief association.Opal's family and Billy wreck havoc upon her and Zack, while, at the same time, Rose has a further tragedy in her own life. The bonding, which has already begun,becomes full-fledged, and the two unlikely women join forces in their crises, changing them both for the better in the process.Opal is so well portrayed as a tough young woman determined to make it on her own. Having lost a son, I have known a few Roses myself, who refuse to leave their grief, making it their way of life. Ned, Rose's husband:Billy,Zack's father and Ty,Opal's off-times boyfriend are all believable. Her mother,Melva, is the controlling mother many of us are familiar with. Altogether, this is a wonderful book ,and Anne D. LeClaire has believably characterized these people and their interactions.