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Open House av Elizabeth Berg
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Open House (utgåvan 2000)

av Elizabeth Berg (Författare)

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Samantha is abandoned by her husband in the opening pages of this three-handkerchief special, and the resultant tremors keep her off-balance for most of the novel. There are practical problems aplenty, of course, including a shortage of money and an 11-year-old son to raise. But Sam's sense of emotional bereavement is far worse, despite the fact that her husband had been giving her the conjugal cold shoulder for years. The loneliness in her "as constant and as irrefutable" as circulating blood, Sam begins to rebuild her life. She finds a job and takes in a couple of boarders to help meet her mortgage payments--one of them, a depressed student named Lavender Blue, informs her that "life was nothing but one major disappointment after the other"--The sort of homily that Sam is understandably reluctant to hear these days. She also starts dating, with disastrous results. Yet this comically kvetching heroine does manage to find love in the ruins. It's hard not to believe that she's much better off ... seems just right--the light at the end of the post-matrimonial tunnel.… (mer)
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It was a love-hate relationship for me and Sam.

I loved her inner dialogue with herself, especially when she would think the absolute worst about someone or a situation and then find out something else and be like "Oh. Uh, nevermind." Don't we all do that?

I hated her and her need to have a man in her life.

The last chapter was icky.

And now, into the library donation box it goes!

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  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Open House sounded like it would be an interesting story about a woman finding herself following divorce. Well, I have to say that I truly disliked this story. I thought the main character was over the top and while she may have found some peace with her new life after divorce, I didn't really see that much growth overall. I didn't like the writing in this one. I was expecting a lot more from this and just didn't get it. I will admit that I did some skimming in the middle, but I still feel that I read enough of the book to give it the rating I have chosen. ( )
  sdbookhound | Jan 18, 2021 |
2-1/2 stars. Elizabeth Berg is such a good storyteller and this is no exception, but it is a bit scattered and disjointed. The story opens with Samantha (Sam) essentially dismissed by her husband of 15 years, David. He moves out and requests a divorce, leaving Sam and her 12-yr. old son Travis (and the reader) to sort through the why and the what next. Sam goes on a crazy spending spree, which it is clear David can afford, but in one of the book's inconsistencies, she can only keep the house if she takes in boarders. This results in a parade of people coming and going, which seems like a crazy thing to expose your emotionally fragile child to. The point is to open Sam's tiny world which she had allowed to shrink during her marriage. She has one good frank friend Rita, her man-crazy mother Veronica and Travis to start with. Lydia is one of the boarders -- a lovely old, old-fashioned woman, but she moves out soon to get married. (irony). Enter Lavendar Blue, a depressed, new-agey college student who doesn't last, then Edward, a gay, ego-boosting hairdresser. Meanwhile, Sam meets King, an MIT grad who is working as a mover and shows up to take away David's things. He introduces Sam to the concept of temporary work and becomes a good friend (and later, more), so she works in a laudromat, as a telemarketer, a construction worker and other odd jobs that give her confidence. The point of Sam coming into her own, only now, single in her 40s is well-taken, and there is some funny comic relief in Veronica's approach to life and Sam's obsession with Martha Stewart (who actually calls her!) but much of the story is Sam's interior agonizing and insecurity and some of the choices she makes are outrageous and random. It's frustrating and the reader feels more dragged along than anything. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Life is tough, but does not end with a divorce, it is just another change process, sometimes for the best.
Best quotes:
Pg. 33: But I don't like fancy jewelry; I never have. The fancy things I like are sheets. Pots and pans. And the things I REALLY like aren't fancy at all: pöd aprons and hankies. Butter wrappers from the one-poud blocks. Peony bushes, hardback books of poetry. And I like things LESS than that; the sticky remains at the bottom of the apple-crisp dish. The ways cats sometimes run sideways. The presence of rainbows in the puddle of oil. Mayonnaise jars. Pussy willows. Wash on the line. The tick-tock of clocks, the blue of the neon sign at the local movie house. The fact that there IS a local movie house. ( )
  flydodofly | Oct 2, 2020 |
this book is a sweetly simple, and poignant read that charmed the socks off me. Comforting as well, and nicely written in terms of flowing realistically. I loved the characters to pieces, and wish the book didn't have to end.. it was literally too hard to put down, and I ended up finishing it at 3 am this morning. Not because it's gripping, fast-paced, or adrenaline filled. I just had to know if the main character accomplished what she needed to, and realized what she needed to know!! ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
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Samantha is abandoned by her husband in the opening pages of this three-handkerchief special, and the resultant tremors keep her off-balance for most of the novel. There are practical problems aplenty, of course, including a shortage of money and an 11-year-old son to raise. But Sam's sense of emotional bereavement is far worse, despite the fact that her husband had been giving her the conjugal cold shoulder for years. The loneliness in her "as constant and as irrefutable" as circulating blood, Sam begins to rebuild her life. She finds a job and takes in a couple of boarders to help meet her mortgage payments--one of them, a depressed student named Lavender Blue, informs her that "life was nothing but one major disappointment after the other"--The sort of homily that Sam is understandably reluctant to hear these days. She also starts dating, with disastrous results. Yet this comically kvetching heroine does manage to find love in the ruins. It's hard not to believe that she's much better off ... seems just right--the light at the end of the post-matrimonial tunnel.

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