Three disparate lives of a fragmented family struggling with poverty, depression, and dysfunction are viewed through memories and secret pain in this poignant tale of fate, chance, and the search for redemption.
Lucky for me I've been forced to use the library computers while mine is in for service. This book was just sitting there on the shelf on Saturday, so without hesitating, I snagged it... now it's Monday afternoon, and I'm almost done with it. What a good book. It's turning into one of those that you want to get to the end to learn how everyone fares, but you don't want to let go of them. I am really interested in everyone's comments about this one.
The opening part of "You Remind Me of Me" really DID remind me of me! I can remember many of those same details: the feel and smell of green seat buses, the way the bus door folded open, stones grinding beneath boots, happy to come home to my Grannie and how I associate the smell of a cigarette with her... Just those few paragraphs form such an image and create such a tie to the character of Jonah. I wonder how the incident with his heart will play out in the plot.
Every once in a while a book draws you in immediately, and this is it. Every time I say I'm not going to read a "sad" book, one comes around like 'You Remind Me of Me' and I'm hooked. Going to add it to my wish list on Amazon, my birthday's just two weeks away at least two relatives (fellow voracious readers) always buy me books.
This is the kind of book I call a working book. You can not read this book while watching T.V. or having family conversations. I find myself hiding so I can have peace and quiet. I hope that it will be worth the work. I know it was awful how the dog attacked the little boy but did anybody feel sorry for the dog???
Thought maybe that was going to happen in the cramped bathroom - 'tho not in my read today - but thank God for Elizabeth and all that she was to the boy - and can tell by all the descriptiveness of her how close he was to her - hope they don't put the dog down - but probably will be the case - am on my way to the library today to pick up my copy of the book -
Me again - went back and read the intro again - guess I can't even do one thing at a time - was confused, I think, by the dates of 1974 and l977 which is now in the book and the incident must have taken place in 1974 - Maybe when I get the book, should start over at the very beginning and R E A D S L O W L Y -
How horrible and how sad and why did it have to happen? - the same reaction as if read in a newspaper or heard on the news - makes you forget you are reading a novel - That's the genius of his writing, I suppose -
When you first introduced me to Jonah I was hooked. I got to the Library's copy first! Whoever is next in line won't have long to wait because I'm devoting every spare minute to it. Thank you for suggesting this one.
Well, I have finished the book but not sure it is finished with me - went to discussion questions website and made me go back and take another look to see if I had missed something - the last couple books I read before this one also used the back and forth chronological order of chapters or characters - which can make "work" (as one reader referred to about this book) out of a book -
I am like Ann - would like to hear some thoughts from others of you who have read the book - what did you think of the ending in particular? (Jonah) - is it true, questionable or no way? - (As you can tell, these people are "real" to me) - Do you agree that the book both as a whole as well as the ending is sad but yet bittersweet leaving you with a sense of hope as well as loss?
Will post the website later for the discussion questions for any who are interested -
I'm glad this was a thought and discussion provoking book for you. Unfotunately, I could not read more than the excerpts. It did seem to be well written, but for right now, I just cannot read a book that promises so much pathos. I do plan to keep the book on my possible future reads list. And I am interested in hearing more of your thoughts from the book.
This looks like it will be an interesting book, but I will read it later. I already have a long list of books I want to read and other books I already have at home, plus library books I have. I will get to this one eventually, hopefully soon.
I've been meaning to jot down some thoughts about this book, but found myself embroiled in another one. And then another one. This selection was so well written, the characters just jumped into life. I kept feeling like I wanted to take them aside and give them a good whack! What were they thinking? So, who do we blame? The mother? How could she give one away yet keep the other? How could she burden him with that information? He spent so much time and energy just trying to find and make a familial connection. There are so many lessons about life in this book, and the importance of family connections. I fear that this story is being repeated across the country time and time again. Here in my state, meth use is literally epidemic. Those who know about these things report that about 99% of all crimes committed in the state are meth related. I know I will sound like a fuddy duddy (which, by the way, I am), but it seems like we had fewer societal problems when divorce was rare and families sat down to breakfast and dinner together every day.
My library is sponsoring a "community read" this month, with everyone invited to participate in discussions and other events related to one book. This is the third year in a row they have done this, and I'm looking forward to an evening with the author. The selection is GONZALEZ AND DAUGHTER TRUCKING COMPANY. It's a delightful book, one that I would NEVER have picked off the shelf. Let's hear a big cheer for libraries and librarians...HURRAH!!!
Amy, Marilyn, and Ann - thank you all for your responses - I know I do tend to get obsessed with some books such as this one - and also we all have our favorite genre, perhaps different ones at different times - think I'm going to read the Italian "Rococo" next - a nice change of pace - the books in the upcoming week don't appeal to me from what I've read so far - I'm in the non-fiction, fiction and mystery - (Suzanne can't "please all the people all the time" can she?)
I got the book at the library, but it is taking me awhile to read it. Busy with work and family visiting from France. Anyways will get through it. Still at the begginning. So far the people seem not to be where they want to be in life. I loved the way the characters are developed.