The Obituary Writer

The Obituary Writer

Book - 2013
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"In 1919, Vivien Lowe still hunts for a lover lost in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 even as she writes obituaries to help herself and others become reconciled to loss. Readers eventually uncover her connection to Claire, a young wife and mot her who on the day of JFK's inauguration considers whether she should leave her safe, airless marriage for the man she loves."--Library Journal.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393081428
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 23, 2017

This book was alright, not very satisfying or even gripping, but it was engaging enough for a summer pool reading

Jun 29, 2014

Gripping, touching story which alternates between two story lines from different time periods. I found it deeply sad at times, dealing with unresolved grief, but eventually moving forward. I liked the quotations from Emily Post's 1922 book on Etiquette about how to deal with the grieving person, which set the tone for each new section. We meet one woman who knows how to make the grieving person feel as best as can be expected (except for not understanding signs of deep depression in one case that ended tragically). We learn how she could write an obituary that really encapsulated the person's life rather than the facts and details that were unimportant. The writing of this book was similarly a work of excellence.

Barbara5060 Apr 28, 2014

The writing is good. The characters seemed a little bland. The women's situations were difficult for me to relate to, though I have known women struggling with these issues.

Bierlingen Aug 12, 2013

Wonderful and sensitive depiction of two women's interwoven lives across the generations. I too had trouble putting this book down, always wanting to know what the 'other' protaganist was up to. I would highly recommend it.

Jul 06, 2013

enjoyed the book

Jun 24, 2013

Great book! The interwoven stories were both interesting. Sometimes, I had a hard time pacing myself, as I wanted to read quickly, so I could find out what the other character was up to. Made for a great book club discussion.

mrsgail5756 May 30, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites


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Aug 23, 2017

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mrsgail5756 May 31, 2013

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison


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