Open House

Open House

A Novel

eBook - 2000
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2000
ISBN: 9780375505874
0375505873
9781448135783
1448135788
Characteristics: 1 online resource (241 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Pollysfolley
Jan 05, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. My sister recommended it. I hadn't read anything by Elizabeth Berg but now will be a fan! I enjoyed the easy read and her quirky thought process...felt very comfortable...like the character was someone I could know and care about.

CSil Jun 23, 2014

"chick lit" romance for women over 40. a quirky love story with a satisfying ending. elizabeth berg satisfies once again.

shoeshine5014 Jan 28, 2014

It had it's moments but I wasn't swept away.

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anivison
Jun 12, 2011

I am always down with an Oprah's Book Club book, for the most part - there has to be something to millions of people reading a liking a single book.

So I picked up "Open House" on a whim as I walked by - that if my other two "shop by the cover" didn't impress, I had something that is an easy, entertaining read.

Not one of the best of the club, but still worthwhile to read. I was feeling anxious about work, and my ability to do a good job during this novel, and the character's feelings played right alongside. Definitely a subtle novel.

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fmandri
Sep 15, 2009

a sweet romance and fast read. i wished it lasted longer!

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

I'm surprised this is an Oprah book.

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