Was It Beautiful ?

Was It Beautiful ?

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Was It Beautiful? is a spare, powerful, and tender portrayal of loss and renewal at midlife. With singular grace and humor, Alison McGhee pays loving attention to the details of life in the Adirondacks and to the small kindnesses and idiosyncrasies that make each member of a community precious and unique.

Until recently, William T. Jones was the happiest man in upstate New York, a self-proclaimed king of the world who laughed loudly and often. He had a life he was proud of, including a long-standing marriage, a fine, spirited grown son, and ownership of the farm in the north woods where his family had lived for generations.

But in the past year his life has become almost unrecognizable to him. He watched, powerless, while his musically gifted twenty-seven-year-old son, William J., lost first his hearing and then his life. Reeling with this double tragedy, William T. has withdrawn almost completely, and it looks as though his marriage and his job will be the next things to go. In fact, he has begun to wonder whether his own life is worth continuing. But like it or not, William T. is not alone--and the people around him won't let him slip away so easily. They are watching over him, as patient and constant as the stars in the night sky, and as he awakens to their gentle strength, he sees that they too have suffered tremendously and that the time has come to reconcile what has been lost and what may yet be saved.
Publisher: New York, NY : Shaye Areheart : 2003
ISBN: 9780609609781
Branch Call Number: FIC McGh
Characteristics: 240p


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May 31, 2010

William T. grieves for his twenty-seven year old son along with other family and friends in a small Adirondack town in a year when snow is late coming.

Beautifully wrought, but much too sad. Even lighter moments with the animals in the run-down barn and with Genghis, the ?greatest cat in the world' don't lighten the mood for long.

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