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Good Company: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2021; vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (Tekijä)

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Jäsen:sarahbrassard
Teoksen nimi:Good Company: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (Tekijä)
Info:Ecco (2021), 314 pages
Kokoelmat:Read in 2021
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Good Company (tekijä: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney) (2021)

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Well-written, but nothing felt really new. ( )
  bookwyrmm | May 19, 2021 |
The is my 2nd book by Sweeney. "The Nest" was a 5 star debut and she continues her excellence in this book. Not as good as the Nest but a good follow up. The main characters are Flora and Julian who are actors that have struggled but are now in Hollywood and doing well. They have a 18 year daughter Ruby who is graduating high school as the book opens. The other main characters are Margot(Flora's best friend) and David a doctor. Margot is a very successful actor in a soap opera and also living in L.A. The book deals with lots of back story about how everyone met and their relationships. Sweeney tells the story through the eyes of each character and she is has an engaging writing style.The story begins when Flora finds her husbands long lost wedding ring and realizes there is a problem. The rest of the book does of good job of dealing with all of the ups and downs of marriage, raising an only child and the entertainment industry. This is a worthwhile read. Start with this and then do " The Nest". A couple of excellent books. ( )
  nivramkoorb | May 5, 2021 |
On the afternoon of her daughter Ruby's high school graduation, Flora Mancini, while hunting for an old family photo, stumbles across a lost wedding ring, a ring that was supposed to have been lost and forgotten at the bottom of a pond for years, but somehow has reappeared. The discovery of the ring throws Flora's life into turmoil and casts her history with her husband, Julian, into doubt. Flora always thought she and Julian were the real thing, now she's not so sure. Over the course of the book, Sweeney weaves the present with the past of Flora and Julian and their friends Margot and David, creating a rich drama of family and relationships that comes to a reckoning at the very place where the photo that lead Flora to the ring was taken.

Poor Good Company seems to be having a rough go of it in the reviews I've read so far. People seem to think it doesn't live up Sweeney's smash hit debut, The Nest. Lucky for Good Company, I'm not that great at reading books, so I haven't even read the much-acclaimed The Nest, so Good Company gets to stand on its own merits. And it has them! Frankly, the way that the plot unfolded, acquainting readers with the characters and the histories by spending time with each character reminded me a bit of Maggie O'Farrell's style, which I love. I love a story with layers that slowly pulls them off until the characters and their stories feel real, and I long for their redemption as much as they do. I love the slow burn of this style, and I love the payoff, the moment of redemption or the moment when that redemption at least seems possible. I think Good Company accomplishes that without making things that are hard seem too easy.

In addition to what Sweeney does with her characters, I appreciated her talent for setting scenes. The book takes place primarily in three places - California, where Flora and Julian are finally both making a good living after years as struggling theater actors; New York City, where both characters got their start in the theater; and Stoneham, an idyllic upstate New York farm that hosts a yearly outdoor, avant-garde theater production. Sweeney captures the languor of a countryside summer interrupted by the excitement of a theater production. She brings to life a California that was meant to be a temporary stop for Flora and Julia, but a sun-washed spot where they made a home. New York and the theater scene is arguably the most well-drawn, and Sweeney captures the excitement of the theater people with big ideas trying to make them work and eke out a living, the scraping and struggling for roles, the living in a miniscule apartment, but also the magic of when it all just works.

I enjoyed Sweeney's sophomore effort, and if it is, indeed, the lesser of her two novels, then I imagine I'll quite love The Nest! ( )
  yourotherleft | Apr 25, 2021 |
Thank you to Goodreads and Ecco publisher.

After reading the authors first book The Nest I didn't know if I was going to like it. Let me put it this way, it was a step up.

Flora and Julian were in the "business" as they say. Theater and a TV show for Julian and Flora, acting at one time, then after their daughter Ruby was born, commercial voice overs. They are friends with Margot and David. I like Margot much better than Flora, who was a actress in a soap opera.

When Flora finds Julian's wedding ring while looking for an old picture, she finds an envelope with Julian's wedding ring that he claimed he lost in a pond in upstate New York, where they summered while doing theater. Come to find out it's the usual affair but wait...Margot finds it in a hotel that she shared with another actress...guess who it was? The "other woman." That breaks Margo and Flora's friendship because she never told her.

This book sometimes read as a soap opera to be honest with you.

The book ends with Ruby the Summer starts college and it ends abruptly which always bugs me. Nothing like an open ending with maybe no sequel in the works. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Apr 9, 2021 |
The Short of It:

Marriage for some, is like walking a tightrope without a net.

The Rest of It:

When Julian and Flora first met, they were both struggling artists in the process of finding themselves. Scraping to get by was never enjoyable but there was something to be said for blood, sweat and tears and being able to build something together meant something. Good Company, a small theatre group born out of Julian’s dreams to run his own theatre took center stage for many years but when they each started to have their own successes with acting and then had a beautiful daughter of their own, they moved to Los Angeles and there, the romantic lure of acting wasn’t as shiny as it was when they were newly married yet still an important part of who they were.

The benefit to being in Los Angeles is that Flora is once again close to her dear friends Margo and David. Margo, also an actress but much more recognizable than Flora had ever been, is the friend that always grounds Flora no matter what is going on. Years and years of friendship and Margot’s own challenges with her husband who suffered a stroke, do nothing but bond them tighter together. That’s why Flora finds herself completely lost when a secret comes out and she’s not sure if she can turn to Margot for support.

This is one of those dishy reads that you zip through. There is a lot of mature drama. Marriage difficulties, insecurities, trying to keep up appearances for your adult child, the threat of an empty nest, success and what happens to a relationship when it’s been strained. Flora and Julian’s story is intermingled with that of Margot’s and I found it to be a good balance. This isn’t an “escape” read because it’s too rooted in real life for that feeling to overcome you but I didn’t mind spending time with these characters and felt that the ending was appropriately realistic.

I think I felt the same way about Sweeney’s previous book, The Nest. A good read but probably not one that will stick with me. I would have liked the story to go a bit deeper into Flora’s character. She had a lot going on and was presented with some very difficult choices. I would have appreciated more of her.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Mar 22, 2021 |
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