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Review: Home Repair

July 12, 2009

Home Repair

Eve’s mother is visiting and Eve’s having a garage sale.  Her husband Chuck isn’t really interested in it, so he leaves.  The problem is, he doesn’t return.  He calls a few times, telling Eve not to worry, but she’s not really sure what’s going on.  Eve’s mother decides not to return to Tennessee so that she can “help” Eve.  Eve finds herself coping with grief, politics at work, an aging mother and two children.

Eve, the main character of Home Repair, by Liz Rosenberg is a strong character that most women can relate to.   She’s trying to juggle all that life has thrown at her and sometimes she succeeds beautifully and sometimes she finds herself crying in the closet.  I really liked Eve and rooted for her and her kids.  Eve’s mother, Mrs. Dunrea, is a rather crotchety character, and will probably remind most people of someone they’ve had to deal with in their lives.  Some of the secondary characters, who weren’t so well developed, ended up playing larger roles than I expected and I really wasn’t attached to them.  I really appreciate the message of this book – that we can deal with what life gives us and often times become stronger because of it.  The writing is fine, but the book was just okay for me.

Liz Rosenberg is a professor of English and Creative Writing.  This is her first book for adults.  You can listen to an interview of her on Blog Talk Radio.

Review copy provided by Book Club Girl.

33 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2009 7:10 am

    Too bad you couldn’t get attached to the secondary characters! Primary or secondary, characters really define the experience we get of the book.

    • finickyreader permalink
      July 15, 2009 12:03 am

      I really enjoyed all of these characters, and the story moved along at a nice clip for me. Don’t get what some readers are complaining about– one of the best books of 2009 in my opinion.

      • lana permalink
        July 20, 2009 4:08 pm

        I really loved this one, too! Don’t understand the complaints about the cast of characters, I thought they were all pretty amazing and very true to life. I especially enjoyed the two kids (much like my own two) and that crotchety mother was just a hoot. Don’t be put off by the other comments, I’d say go see for yourself. I read this book in two days and would read her next one in a second.

        On ANOTHER topic entirely, does anyone know a great book that is about law and justice?

  2. July 12, 2009 7:56 am

    I’m still working on the book. Summer blahs and all… When I do start going at it, and really get a good clip of reading in it, I do seem to enjoy it, though.

    Ah well, they can’t all be winners, right?

  3. July 12, 2009 8:14 am

    It’s a bit disappointing that the secondary characters that played a bit role weren’t better developed. Not sure if this book is my cup of tea, but the story sounds interesting.

    –Anna

  4. July 12, 2009 9:31 am

    Hmmm, I don’t think I will be adding that to my list. The next winner you get will be so much better after reading a so-so book. I started reading The Summer House by Nancy Thayer and it is great so far (I’m about 1/3 of the way into it). I know you liked the Castaways set on Nantucket so you might like this one. It’s for a Pump up Your Book Tour at the end of this month.
    have a great week and happy reading.

  5. July 12, 2009 10:22 am

    Wow, the premise sounds so interesting; it’s too bad it didn’t live up to it.

  6. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 12, 2009 10:30 am

    The author is coming to town for a book signing in a few weeks. I’m not sure if I’ll be going or not, but this is something to consider.

  7. July 12, 2009 11:46 am

    These days, I have to be really interested in a book to justify adding it to my TBR pile. Think I might skip this one for now. Thanks for posting the interview link, I always like to listen to those. 🙂

  8. July 12, 2009 12:58 pm

    The cover really caught my eye on this one, and I had added it to my list. Sorry it was more than okay for you….hate that!!

  9. July 12, 2009 1:04 pm

    Not sure about this one but I really like the cover. I expected it to be something different by this cover.

  10. July 12, 2009 1:36 pm

    Chuck sounds like a useless guy. I hope he had a good reason for leaving.

  11. July 12, 2009 3:26 pm

    Maybe I have the summer doldrums, because I feel like I really stuck in the middle of a ‘meh’ book too. I feel like I should finish it, but its just not doing it for me. I’m having the same problem, character-wise, just not feelin’ it…..*sigh….

  12. July 12, 2009 4:35 pm

    Spot on review! You captured many of my same feelings.

  13. July 12, 2009 5:27 pm

    I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book either.

    I noticed that earlier in the year you commented on a review of Beautiful Americans that you would be interested in the book. I am doing a giveaway of it right now in case you are still interested.

    http://mrsvsreviews.blogspot.com/search/label/Mrs.%20V%27s%20Monthly%20Giveaway

  14. July 12, 2009 6:22 pm

    Eve does sound like a strong character. It’s too bad this one didn’t live up to your expectations in the end, but it sounds like you still got something out of it. Hopefully your next book will be better.

  15. July 12, 2009 8:01 pm

    Too bad it wasn’t better. It seems like it would have been an awesome book with better characters.

  16. July 12, 2009 8:55 pm

    There seems to be alot of books out w/this idea of a husband leaving and a woman figuring out how to survive w/o him. I think I’ll hold out for a better one.

  17. July 12, 2009 9:37 pm

    Sometimes the connection is there and sometimes it isn’t. But I liked the way you described Eve and how we can all make it through the bad times! Thanks for an honest review of this book!!

  18. July 13, 2009 2:56 am

    Sounds like an interesting story premise. Thank you for the review. 🙂

  19. July 13, 2009 2:57 am

    I like the cover. I’m not really sure this book is for me though.

  20. July 13, 2009 8:46 am

    This wasn’t much more than chick lit for me either. An okay story, just not memorable I’m afraid. Perhaps with feedback she’ll do better on her next book. It’s nice to see an honest review.

  21. July 13, 2009 9:21 am

    I probably would have picked this book up for the cover. Even though it wasn’t your favorite, I’m curious enough about the main character to want to take a look. Good review.

  22. July 13, 2009 12:47 pm

    I like the story line, and the title’s such a good title. It’s too bad the secondary characters just didn’t work for you.

  23. July 13, 2009 1:14 pm

    I’ve been tempted by this one…mostly because of that darn cute cover.

  24. July 13, 2009 4:29 pm

    I like the premise, but I’ve seen a couple of lukewarm reviews of the book (including yours), so I don’t think this one’s jumping into the TBR collection any time soon. Better luck with your next book :-)!

  25. July 13, 2009 5:33 pm

    I like books with strong women and the general theme is good too. THe cover is too cute! I may still give this one a try.

  26. July 13, 2009 6:10 pm

    I can’t decide about this one!

  27. July 13, 2009 6:16 pm

    It is nice to have a character that you can root for. I love the cover. I still think I’d give it a shot. Thanks for the review.

  28. July 13, 2009 7:24 pm

    I am adding this to my list to buy. Thank you, Kathy! This is a winner! Now to find patience as I wait for it. lol.

  29. July 14, 2009 11:37 am

    Your review is the first I have read and I am a little relieved that it’s not one I feel the need to add to my towering tbr pile. Thank you very much. 😀

  30. stormyweather permalink
    July 15, 2009 12:00 am

    I loved this book, cover & all! To me the minor characters were almost the best part of the novel. I fell in love with these people & kept chuckling out loud. Actually, I read the whole book in less than a day. Not just chick lit, def deeper.

  31. July 15, 2009 5:16 pm

    I pretty much agree with what you’ve said. Normally I enjoy this type of book, but my problem was that I didn’t get pulled into the story and ended up not really caring. Good read at the time, but once done, pretty much forgotten.

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