Beth Gutcheon is the critically acclaimed author of the novels, The New Girls, Still Missing, Domestic Pleasures, Saying Grace, Five Fortunes, More Than You Know, Leeway Cottage, and Good-bye and Amen. She is the writer of several film scripts, including the Academy-Award nominee The Children of Theatre Street. She lives in New York City.
Will three siblings sorting through family heirlooms at the summer cottage they've inherited stay as close as ever or end up falling out? With a seven-city tour; reading group guide. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Gutcheon concludes the Moss family saga that began with Leeway Cottage in a disappointing fashion. Laurus and Sydney Brant Moss have died, and it's up to their three children, Eleanor, Monica and Jimmy, to divide up the estate. Naturally, the process exposes old frictions and creates new ones while sparking reminiscences of their lives, notably concerning their difficult relationships with their prickly mother, who hid venom beneath a veneer of social graciousness. The narration is many-voiced; the siblings, their spouses and children, their friends and neighbors, and even the dead contribute to the storytelling. While the points-of-view of the living are maddeningly self-involved, the dead really seem to understand what's going on. The effect is both tragic and mildly amusing, but gradually, it becomes difficult to feel for the characters. Though the novel is beautifully written, the narrative becomes frustrating and claustrophobic repetitive as it wears on. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"[A]n undeniably rich, no-holds-barred portrait of an American
family. Strongly recommended."--Library Journal on GOOD-BYE AND
"[B]eautifully written."--Publishers Weekly on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN
"[C]ompelling...Beautifully written and told from varying points of view, this sweeping saga will strike a chord with anyone who loves to read about family. Four stars."--Romantic Times on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN
"[C]ompellingly drawn...A true New England novel, charming but a bit chilly."--Kirkus Reviews on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN
"Editor's Choice."--Denver Post on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN
"Good-Bye and Amen is a tour de force of structure and voice. Gutcheon had me at the first sentence and I didn't put the book down until I had finished it. Marvelous and memorable."--Karen Joy Fowler, author of Wit's End and The Jane Austen Book Club
"Gutcheon's gift is for pure storytelling. . . . Her characters and settngs are alive, sparkling with deft touches of period detail; her narrative voice is knowing and wry, exasperated and affectionate."--New York Newsday