A national best seller upon its publication, Anywhere but Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is ultimately a heart-rending tale of a mother and daughter's invaluable relationship.
©2012 Mona Simpson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Mona Simpson writes with confidence, with swagger. She is already a master." (Anne Tyler)
"Anywhere but Here is a wonder: big, complex, masterfully written, it's an achievement that lands [Simpson] in the front ranks of our best novelists." (Newsweek)
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"Fantastic character study"
A mother with borderline personality disorder (or similar affliction- it's never formally acknowledged); a daughter who is oddly detached and stoic; a supporting cast of characters endearing and infuriating, woven together in a sort of anti-coming-of-age story: fantastic. I was engrossed from start to finish.
And the narration: excellent. Most narrators irk me some way or another.
Kate Rudd, however, delivers an unpretentious, somewhat monotone, lovely narration that fans of 'This American Life' will enjoy.
So glad I took a chance on this wonderful novel.
"Living in a disfunctional family"
I found myself getting very frustrated with the characters in this book. I have known a woman with the same sort of personality disorder as Ann August and she was frustrating to deal with.
No suggestions as to another narrator but someone who could give the different voices more of a difference.
Not for me
It's a dark and engaging story. The characters are complex and edgy.
Adelle. Adelle is so complex and interesting. The narrator elegantly brings her to life.
Beautiful and skillful narration. The actor really brings these characters and places to life. Fantastic.
"Great Book From Multiple Perspectives"
I really enjoyed how the book was written giving the perspectives of several different generations of the family. It gave the story so much more depth and texture than if the author had taken a single perspective approach. The author created a storyline that drew me in and made me feel emotionally attached to the characters.
I really enjoyed the main characters voices but Ms. Rudd over emphasized the endingS of wordS so ofteN that it drove me nuts. There were times I had to force myself to keep listening because it was so irritating. She didn't do it until around chapter 3. I guess someone must have critiqued her work and told her to be more clear or something? Either way, it was bad advice.
If any of you have known someone whose entire personality and mood could flip on a dime and suddenly YOU are to blame for everything wrong in their life you will be able to appreciate the main character in the book.
"Can't get past the narrator"
The only way I'll know if this book was a great read is if I actually read it. The narrator's voice doesn't work well as a child/teen.
This is a credit I'll never get back.
"Mother & Daughter one is nothing without the other"
Not really, you got a true insight into the daughters thoughts and lives.
Yes it would make a good story - chick flick
"Painfully too long"
This story had little substance and could have ended about 10 hours earlier. Most of the story felt forced and artificial.
I just couldn't get into this book. I tried twice. The storyline, narration and characters did not do it for me. Can I get my credit back?
More action, any plot twists, less long pointless stories. Oh wait, there was one plot twist.
It dragged on and on and seemed to have no point.
Oh she was alright.
Disappointment and boredom
couldn't finish it, too long and slow.
"Why was there no story?"
Great characters who do nothing
Too bad. Well written for what it was but just became dull after a little while with nothing happening.
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