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A Quiet Life: A Novel Tekijä: Ethan Joella
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A Quiet Life: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2022; vuoden 2023 painos)

Tekijä: Ethan Joella (Tekijä)

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From the author of A Little Hope--a Read with Jenna Bonus Pick--comes an enormously powerful and life-affirming novel about three individuals whose lives intersect in unforeseen ways. Set in a close-knit Pennsylvania suburb in the grip of winter, A Quiet Life follows three people grappling with loss and finding a tender wisdom in their grief. Chuck Ayers used to look forward to nothing so much as his annual trip to Hilton Head with his wife, Cat--that yearly taste of relaxation they'd become accustomed to in retirement, after a lifetime of working and raising two children. Now, just months after Cat's death, Chuck finds that he can't let go of her things--her favorite towel, the sketchbooks in her desk drawer--as he struggles to pack for a trip he can't imagine taking without her. Ella Burke delivers morning newspapers and works at a bridal shop to fill her days while she anxiously awaits news--any piece of information--about her missing daughter. Ella adjusts to life in a new apartment and answers every call on her phone, hoping her daughter will reach out one day. After the sudden death of her father, Kirsten Bonato set aside her veterinary school aspirations, finding comfort in the steady routine of working at an animal shelter. But as time passes, old dreams and new romantic interests begin to surface--and Kirsten finds herself at another crossroads. In this beautifully crafted and profoundly moving novel, three parallel narratives converge in poignant and unexpected ways, as each character bravely presses onward, trying to recover something they have lost. Emotionally riveting and infused with hope, A Quiet Life celebrates humanity in the midst of uncertainty.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:SWade0126
Teoksen nimi:A Quiet Life: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Ethan Joella (Tekijä)
Info:Scribner (2023), 320 pages
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A good character story focused on loss among three different characters. Chuck is dealing with the loss of his wife of many years, Kirsten is dealing with the sudden loss of her father, and Ella is dealing with the loss of her daughter from her life. All three characters will cross paths, as they journey through their loss on their quest to truly live again. There are good insights into living with loss of a loved one, and the story is uplifting.

I struggle between rating it three or four stars. I both read the book and listened to the audiobook, and I think that the reader for Ella is the one that gives me pause before leaning towards a four-star. When I listen to her character, I was put off. I did not have the same reaction to Chuck or Kirsten. I guess that just shows how important it is to have the right reader in an audiobook. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
I heard nothing but rave reviews for Ethan Joella's sophomore novel, A Quiet Life, so I picked it up in hardcover. It is exactly as it claims on the tin: a quiet life. It is a slow, introspective story about grief and loss and life.

Chuck, an older man who lost his wife to cancer and finds himself emotionally unable to go on the vacation they took together every year, Kirsten, a young woman whose whole life trajectory changed after her father's senseless death in a gas station shooting, and Ella, a hardworking, single mother whose young daughter has been kidnapped by her ex, all come together in this emotionally resonant story. None of these three know what to do with their grief and guilt, or, indeed, with their futures. All of them are stuck and suffering, trying to put one foot in front of the other.

All three characters are ordinary people and although no loss is the same, each of them is in a similar holding pattern. The novel is quite character driven, and rotates between the three characters' stories. The eventual intersections between the characters are convenient in that small town Hallmark movie sort of way and the book does read a bit like a heartwarming movie. The characters were often not much more than their struggles and the introspective writing means this likely won't be particularly memorable for me. The pacing was uneven with the ending speeding up significantly and it was predictably satisfying, the latter of which can be good or bad depending on your reading mood. If you're looking for a hopeful novel about people healing themselves with the help of community, you'll find what you're looking for in the pages of this one. ( )
  whitreidtan | Jul 27, 2023 |
Such a good story! This was a very nice "pallet cleanser". ( )
  MauraWroblewski | Jun 24, 2023 |
This is a lovely, emotional story about loss, grief and coping mechanisms. There are three main characters, a man who has lost his wife to cancer, a young woman whose father was killed at a gas station incident and another young woman whose child has been kidnapped by her ex husband. As the tale progresses, these three people’s lives connect through their heartache and pain. I read this book via the Pigeonhole app over ten days, a stave a day. I looked forward very much to reading each instalment. It’s a heartwarming, moving and thoughtful story with some well drawn characters. Although it is a book about the sorrow and sadness of losing someone special, it is also about hope. Highly recommended. ( )
  VanessaCW | Mar 13, 2023 |
3 people, all grieving a lost one, try to move on with their lives. Chuck's wife, Cat, died last spring, and he is lost without her. He recalls an argument with Cat, about a young girl, Natasha, and he feels he needs to make amends. Kirsten's dad was murdered at a Philadelphia gas station. She misses him dearly, and looks for a sign from him. Ella's daughter, Riley, was taken, and she desperately wants her home.
All 3 struggle with moving on, and their paths cross each other, and together, they hope they are able to move forward.
A heartwarming, sweet book. ( )
  rmarcin | Feb 22, 2023 |
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From the author of A Little Hope--a Read with Jenna Bonus Pick--comes an enormously powerful and life-affirming novel about three individuals whose lives intersect in unforeseen ways. Set in a close-knit Pennsylvania suburb in the grip of winter, A Quiet Life follows three people grappling with loss and finding a tender wisdom in their grief. Chuck Ayers used to look forward to nothing so much as his annual trip to Hilton Head with his wife, Cat--that yearly taste of relaxation they'd become accustomed to in retirement, after a lifetime of working and raising two children. Now, just months after Cat's death, Chuck finds that he can't let go of her things--her favorite towel, the sketchbooks in her desk drawer--as he struggles to pack for a trip he can't imagine taking without her. Ella Burke delivers morning newspapers and works at a bridal shop to fill her days while she anxiously awaits news--any piece of information--about her missing daughter. Ella adjusts to life in a new apartment and answers every call on her phone, hoping her daughter will reach out one day. After the sudden death of her father, Kirsten Bonato set aside her veterinary school aspirations, finding comfort in the steady routine of working at an animal shelter. But as time passes, old dreams and new romantic interests begin to surface--and Kirsten finds herself at another crossroads. In this beautifully crafted and profoundly moving novel, three parallel narratives converge in poignant and unexpected ways, as each character bravely presses onward, trying to recover something they have lost. Emotionally riveting and infused with hope, A Quiet Life celebrates humanity in the midst of uncertainty.

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