Joan is more interested in tracking down the drowned man's mother, while Anders, who cannot talk about his own daughter's death, doesn't want to get involved. In Eve's mind it was something much more sinister. The writing is wonderfully descriptive and I was able to create a mental movie of the characters and the unfolding plot as I read along. Not the other way around. We slowly come to understand how Sophie died, but we, like her parents and two sisters, keep asking why. It is a dreadful echo of another recent death: the suicide of Joan and Anders' eldest daughter. Every incident, every action of Evie, Eloise, and their parents comes across as something gentle or quiet.
I felt this specifically while Joan was resting her hands on the rumbling washing machine for a few paragraphs. I really enjoyed this book from start to finish! There are a few moments that were really raw and beautiful—the writing is fantastic. This one is about the Jacobs family arriving at their summer house on a quarry in Lanesville, a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts. They have been told by the authorities that he died from a tragic accident or a suicide. The story is entirely plausible, poignantly so. This extraordinary novel seduces as it also challenges: curiously provoking and offering small flashes of illumination, like matches struck in that dim and meaningful space on the far side of language. As the summer begins, the Jacobs family arrive at their holiday home in Massachusetts, only to find that a truck has been driven into their water-filled quarry and a young man has drowned.
When details emerge of the man's identity, fifteen-year-old Eve becomes obsessed with proving that his death wasn't an accident, while her little sister unwittingly adopts his orphaned dog. Eve's process is raw and realistic. Seven-year-old Eloise adjusts in a different way. Within hours, the local police drag up the body of a young man, James Favazza. Her stories have appeared in a variety of publications including the Missouri Review and the Indiana Review. This is not made readily apparent, and I would not have been aware that this was the subject of the book had I not read the summary of the plot beforehand - so put out of your mind any thought of the heavy-handed nature some more angsty books use to get the message across.
One part made me cry. It is June and the Jacobses return to their summer home in Cape Ann, ready to find solace from the pain of having endured the death of the oldest of the three daughters, a tragic death the previous October. When details emerge of the man's identity, fifteen-year-old Eve becomes obsessed with proving that his death wasn't an accident, while her little sister unwittingly adopts his orphaned dog. Despite the apparent lunacy of their actions, their behaviour just begged for somebody to validate their reactions, fears and coping methods. I had not read any of Elizabeth's books previously; but look forward to enjoying more of her work in the future. Anders, her husband, worries about his roses and the distance growing between himself and Joan.
There are many parallels with their own tragic loss of Sophie and the current loss of James Favazza. So, please help us - if the information about this author is out of date or inaccurate, and you know of a more complete source, please. Eve convinces herself it might have been murder just as her sister's death was not and begins to investigate. Authors and publishers: If you wish to make changes to a bio, send the complete biography as you would like it displayed so that we can replace the old with the new. They are all slowly coming to accept that nothing is ever going to be the same in their lives. Find sources: — · · · · July 2016 Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop is an American writer. I'm left wishing I got so much more out of this book than I did.
I didn't buy that she'd use her present experiences as so much fodder for her current writing efforts, at least not in so blunt or literal a way. Death creates a distancing between people. I feel that this should have played a much bigger role. Eve 15 years old is obsessed with finding out exactly how this young man lost his life. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. But soon upon their arrival, a similar tragedy is discovered.
Sometimes we never know the why of things. The unspoken arrangement between parent and child is that the child will bury the parent. When a body is pulled from the truck the relaxation of vacation routine disappears. In the quarry on their property a young man James Favazza has lost his life. When details emerge of the man's identity, fifteen-year-old Eve becomes obsessed with proving that his death wasn't an accident, while her little sister unwittingly adopts his orphaned dog.
It is a dreadful echo of another recent death: the suicide of Joan and Anders' eldest daughter. Winthrop brings the Jacobs family of Eve, Eloise, Anders and Joan along this path soon after the suicide of the oldest daughter in the family, Sophie. There is a softness to this summer's tale that is remarkable given the hint of danger that accompanies the protagonists journey of discovery. While Joan questions how she i Why, we ask ourselves at the death of a parent, a child, a sibling or a stranger. And then there is the mystery of the second death of the stranger. It would have made a far more compelling story.
The main action of the story focused on 15-year-old Eve trying to solve the mystery of the incident that occurred in their quarry it opens with this, but I still don't want to give it away. Here are characters so vividly imagined and drawn with such emotional insight that they leap off the page. If it was foul play, why? Not only was her writing very good, her story had just the right amount of everything. It feels like someone has reached in, pulled your body inside out, and dumped salt on you. As they simultaneously try to adjust to their own loss and absorb this apparent tragedy, each in their own way confronts life's normal hurdles - growing up, sustaining a marriage, facing the future.
Anders takes the diving lessons Joan has given him as a gift. Published on cupcake's book cupboard. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the the why of things h winthrop elizabeth gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. What a way to start a summer—a family with an empty chair and a death in the backyard. The four of them-father, mother, 15-year-old and 7-year-old sisters -are trying separately to create a new normal for their lives as they deal with their grief over their lo A family arrives at their summer house on Cape Ann to find that someone has driven his truck into the quarry behind their home and died.