Ordinary Life

Ordinary Life


Book - 2002
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In this superb collection of short stories, the bestselling author of Open House and Talk Before Sleep takes us into the times in women's lives when memories and events cohere to create a sense of wholeness, understanding, and change. In Ordinary Life, Mavis McPherson locks herself in the bathroom for a week, and no, she isn't contemplating getting a divorce--she just needs some time to think, to take stock of her life, and she comes to a surprising conclusion. In Today's Special,a woman recognizes the solace she finds in the simple, timeless fare and atmosphere of the local diner and, ultimately, the harmony within her own spirit that familiar comforts can evoke. In White Dwarf, the secrets of a marriage are revealed as a couple passes the time with a seemingly insignificant word-association game. And in "Martin's Letter to Nan," the unforgettable husband and wife from Berg's novel The Pull of the Moon engage in a new correspondence in which a different aspect of their marriage is revealed. Elizabeth Berg's fiction has been praised for its "brilliant insights about the human condition" (Detroit Free Press), and The Charlotte Observer has said that "Berg captures the way women think as well as any writer."Those same qualities of wisdom and insight are everywhere present in Ordinary Life.
Publisher: New York, NY : Random House : 2002
ISBN: 9780679437468
Branch Call Number: FIC Berg
Characteristics: 192p


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Jul 01, 2017

Loved this one! Will definitely look for more of her work.

May 20, 2013

Once again Elizabeth Berg captures the areas of our lives that we find difficult to comprehend/verbalize. Having read the "Pull of the Moon" it was lovely to read one of the stories in this book as it was written in the narrative of the partner. Enjoy.

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