Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Open House

Open House
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Read by: Becky Baker
6 disc (approx 7 hours)

In this superb novel by the New York Times bestselling author of "Talk Before Sleep", a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening up her house and her heart. 

Samantha Morrow's husband has left her, and now she must strive to reconstruct a life for herself and her 11-year-old son.  Her eccentric mother tries to help by fixher her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money.  To meet her mortgage paments, Sam decides to take in boarders.  A new friend suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work.  But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness.  And in order to know who she is, she has to remember -and reclaim-the person she used to be, long before  she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage.  Open House is the unforgettable story of how a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening her house to strangers and her heart to the simple miracle of possibility.

Personal notes:  I absolutely loved this book! I was not real familiar with the author but saw on the jacket that it is in Oprah's Book Club so gave it a try and so glad I did! While the plot sounds sort of depressing it is truly inspirational as this woman who feels the rug has been pulled out beneath her manages to keep suprising herself with what she is able to do on her own; she had never tried because she had never had to.  Its funny at times, sad at times,  but when listening you keep wanting to root her on.  The narrator of this book is great as well. 

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