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Every family has its secrets, and as a child, you are often left in the dark about many of them because you apparently lack the maturity to handle it.

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A lot of the chapters can stand on their own, outside of the greater context of the novel, but they gowdg together to create a much more carefully drawn picture of this crackerjacks insane family, and I love it.

The only weak point is that it has great time gaps between chapters; I got confused when turning a page, going into a new chapter, seeing the protagonists matured and realizing that two years have passed with no notification at all.

Funny, stark, emotionally resonant, honest, sometimes surprising. Nov 01, Mary rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Now, readers may not be able to relate to being sodomized by nails, but many women can relate to the three girls in one way or another. Very easy and fast to read.

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She assuages her fantasies of rebellion, experimenting with boys and drugs. I’m sort of at a loss to articulate why I disliked this book so much. Lou is one of my favourite characters. I never cried throughout the book barbwra it definitely left an uncomfortable feeling in my chest.


The Field household is r The year isand somewhere in angela Ontario suburb, the Field family’s fragile domestic peace is slowly coming to an end. Such a tragic life these girl’s lead with an inattentive mother, a demanding, moody and at times absent father.

Who will get the nod? It is a fair description of this novel and that’s something good!

It’s well-written but a tough subject to slog through without feeling horrible. The main problem I had with Falling Angels is the gratuity of its For all its promises of safety, suburbia sure seems to have created a number of warped, rebellious minds, Barbara Gowdy being among them.

Falling Angels (Barbara Gowdy)

They turn to drugs, sex, and schmaltzy fantasy – but repeatedly to one another. Every reader is given a different angle on tragedy, as we watch how the sisters grow up and develop with their own coping mechanism.

The main problem I had with Falling Angels is the gratuity of its horrific content. Three sisters and their alcoholic father find their lives changed after the unexpected death of the girls’ mother.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. These girls grew up under the control of an arbitrary father, but it was their alcoho In this tragic and comic novel, starting with a flashback, the famed Canadian author Barbara Gowdy tells a story, in an omniscient point of view, of a nuclear family of three sisters and a couple who lived in a suburban area. A Separation Katie M Kitamura. Norma, Lou and Sandy discovering their family’s big secret is key to the rest of the story as it chronicles how they handle it and how it affects them into their adulthood, and ultimately, what kind of people they become.


Nov 12, Denis rated it it was amazing. Anyone who likes contemporary fiction. The characters are dark and full of self-doubt, but she keeps them intertwined nicely so they don’t feel isolated and meaningless.

As the opposite of Norma, middle child Lou fights for her independence, standing up to her father and loving her mother but despising her weakness.

This is a chronicle not only of the survival strategies of 3 intrepid sisters but a wonderfully sly rendition of the 60’s as it exploded in the lives of Canadians. Norma is the eldest daughter and the most responsible element of the family; quiet, subdued and selfless, she overburdens herself with domestic tasks and responsibilities, barbaraa patiently puts up with her father’s antics. She drinks herself into oblivion each and every day of her life but at the same time, has a profound affect on each of her daughters.

I honestly wish I had found this book 4 – 6 years ago, so that it would show me that I am not alone in my struggles.

Even if the kids feel like they’re freaks and must keep the family secrets, it’s all just the way things are to them, and they take bizarre behaviors in stride, because it’s family.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is definitely a heavy book to read, and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you enjoy that kind fowdy stuff.