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A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents (editie 2009)

door Liza Palmer

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Fiction. Literature. HTML:Grace Hawkes has not spoken to her previously tight-knit family since her mother's sudden death five years ago. Well, most of the family was tight-knitâ??her father walked out on them when she was 13 and she and her two brothers and sister bonded together even closer with their mother as a result.
She's been doing her best to live her new life apart from them, but when their estranged father has a stroke and summons them, Grace suddenly realizes she's done the same thing he had done...abandoned those who need her most.
And need her they do, for inside the hospital walls, a strange war is unfolding between the pseudo-kindly woman who is their father's second wife and the rest of the original Hawkes clan. Upon reconnecting with her brother and sisters, Grace will find a part of herself she thought was lost forever. As they unravel the manipulative deception of the second Mrs. Hawkes, Grace will finally be able to stand up for her familyâ??and to remember what a family is, even after all these
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Titel:A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents
Auteurs:Liza Palmer
Info:5 Spot (2009), Edition: 1, Paperback, 320 pages
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This is an easy to read story of Grace Hawkes the third born of four who is disconnected from her siblings after her mother’s unexpected death. Grace is numb; she walked away and hasn’t felt anything since she receives a call from her older sister and her older brother telling her she has to come. Their father is ill. Grace hasn’t seen her father since he walked out of them. This is Grace talking. We get to live inside her head and know her thoughts. She is quite annoying. The story evolves and Grace becomes more likeable. We also get to know the other siblings who also have been struggling since the death of their mother. What are interesting are the twists. Their father who walked out on them, never contacted them has made the brother his power of attorney financial and health care. He never divorced their mother, he married soon after her death and now they find themselves at odds with this nice old lady and her adult son. The story peaks with a Perry Mason scene. I would not recommend this as a book for someone who is still suffering from the loss of parent or parents. It certainly brought back some of those losses to me including tears. It reads really fast. I think it took about 3 days. ( )
  Kristelh | Mar 25, 2012 |
I sometimes make assumptions about books from the cover and title and grab a book from the library shelves without even reading the blurb which is exactly what I did with this. I think I was expecting something lighthearted with its quirky title and whimsical cover illustration. I soon discovered A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents takes itself quite seriously. Grace separated herself from her family after the tragic death of her mother. She has made a life for herslf that doesn't include her siblings until her father, whom they haven't seen for more than 20 years, has a stroke and her family insists she returns to deal with it. Despite the serious themes including grief, abandoment and loss, I didn't really feel an emotional connection to the characters or story.The novel explores the siblings reactions to their mothers death five years before, their fathers dying and their relationships with each other. There are moments of genuine tenderness, grief and self awareness for the characters but for me it was spoiled by the less credible handling of other emotions particularly forgiveness of their father, and the rekindling of the relationship between John and Grace. The ending felt abrupt and far too neat to satisfy me.Overall I felt that the story and characters were compressed for convenience and could have been explored more honestly and fully. Not a bad read but didn't quite work for me. ( )
  shelleyraec | May 9, 2011 |
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It took me at least 3 chapters to really get into this book, and I felt like some questions were left unanswered, but given the premise of the book, it was fitting.

Grace hasn't seen her father since her mother kicked him out 22 years ago. She hasn't seen her sister and brothers since her mother's death 5 years ago. She has forced herself to grow numb to the world. Then she receives a phone call: her absent father has had a stroke.

The family dynamics in this book really rang true to me. The characters were fully fleshed out and completely likeable. The slow revealing of family secrets keeps you wrapped up to the end. ( )
  ZareksMom | Aug 8, 2010 |
What a great read. We all have our own "life story," and our own way of handling difficult family situations. I loved the honesty of this book, as well as the added suspense of the step-family. ( )
  suefernandez | Apr 20, 2010 |
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I first found this author last year when I read her previous two novels. Needless to say, I was quite excited to receive an early reviewers copy of this book. I really enjoy not only the writing style of the author, but the characters she creates and the way she develops them. This book made me laugh and cry at times, but it was a beautiful story and I can't wait to see what Liza Palmer comes up with next. ( )
  mustreet | Mar 29, 2010 |
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Fiction. Literature. HTML:Grace Hawkes has not spoken to her previously tight-knit family since her mother's sudden death five years ago. Well, most of the family was tight-knitâ??her father walked out on them when she was 13 and she and her two brothers and sister bonded together even closer with their mother as a result.
She's been doing her best to live her new life apart from them, but when their estranged father has a stroke and summons them, Grace suddenly realizes she's done the same thing he had done...abandoned those who need her most.
And need her they do, for inside the hospital walls, a strange war is unfolding between the pseudo-kindly woman who is their father's second wife and the rest of the original Hawkes clan. Upon reconnecting with her brother and sisters, Grace will find a part of herself she thought was lost forever. As they unravel the manipulative deception of the second Mrs. Hawkes, Grace will finally be able to stand up for her familyâ??and to remember what a family is, even after all these

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