Read & Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook â Sue MillerPts at joking everyone out of a funk I did not become fond of eitherNor did I become especially fond of Nina s older brother Mack older than Randall but often seen as a kind of twin the perfect twin He felt pressured to perform at full volume for a while ntil he threw it all away again a response to the existence of RandallWe don t get into the minds of the younger sisters to any great degree We do meet Liddie the eldest and recognize that she ses her talent her voice to
Move Her Farther And Fartherher farther and farther from her family and from forming any family of her ownIt s a compelling portrait of a family challenged by the one who is least aware of the others For some reason though I never really felt sucked into it Towards the end I could hardly wait for the last page which differs from how I have felt when reading Miller s other books that I would be sad to leave them behind Perhaps my favourite book ever I like Sue Miller but this is not her best work She is a fabulous writer and that really shines through in some sections of the book The shifting narration does not always work though when it does it s ite good I was left feeling that the character motivations were missing here so I never knew why anyone did the things they did and therefore never really connected with them in any meaningful way Although the last chapter goes a teeny way toward ameliorating this but it s too little too late Just okay not great This is the first of Sue Miller s books that I ve read It was a good book but it fell short of a full five stars for MeIt Was A Very was a very picture of a family broken by mental illness I applaud Miller for her extremely believable portrait of the Eberhardt family which being torn apart by a child with autism The family struggles through accusations from other each other failing marriages disruptive children war and so on Based on how Miller describes these events in the lives of the Eberhardts I would have given the book five stars Each major event is described in shifting perspective which works on occasion but not always These small snapshots of the Eberhardt family is partly where the book derives #Its NameHowever The Book Was #nameHowever the book was long winded As I said before the shifting perspective got confusing on occasion and I would have to recheck who I was reading about at the time The book tended to go off on tangents at times only adding to my confusion The book appeared to be very shallow at times but giving the time period and setting that may have been intended The characters seemed to lack a little bit they just weren t real enough to me to reach the height of a five star bookOverall it wasn t a bad book I liked it but it was difficult to follow at times and could be long winded The premise of the story was good As strong as the descriptions were of the people places and events it really just fell short of what it really could have been With some humorous and inspiring passages it wasn t the worst novel I ve ever read but it really. Onal psychiatrist wants him placed in an institution; his mother Lainey insists on keeping him at home Yet it is not just David and Lainey who are struggling to come to terms wi. ,
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Just Couldn T Get Intocouldn t get into Too sad Maybe I just couldn t handle the sadness otherwise I think the writing was good Interesting descriptions etc But I kept feeling like I just didn t want to pick it p and continue Technically a 45 star rating So touching and beautifully written with a searingly insightful A Way Youll Never Be understanding of the family dynamic the pain and beauty at its core that shapes who are It was so dead on with its portrayal of the impact fraught family relationships have on all ofs I m withholding the last half star only because I wasn t Oracle Web Application Programming For Pl/Sql Developers uite fully satisfied with the ending and didn tnderstand howwhy it would be Nina s chosen endingMiller writes like a better kinder version of Jonathan Franzen One that s a little less cynical beautiful sympathetic and appreciative of lifeI wept for a long time in her office I wept because I felt so confused by life I was eighteen and its strange mixture of beauty and Present Pasts ugliness Because I was frightened at the idea of givingp what I
felt was all I had inside of me my rage at mywas all I had inside of me my rage at my my pain Because I saw that therapy the terrible cure my father had forced on me had brought me I loved The Good Mother and especially While I Was Gone both by Sue Miller I did not love this one as much and I have been trying to nderstand whyThe story is about a family than about an individual Yes there is a main character Nina but her life is surrounded by the lives of her parents and siblings and several chapters are from these other points of view For a while I wondered if we d ever get back to Nina because I missed herThe controlling force in the story is Nina s older brother Randall Nina was the fourth child Randall the third Randall had neurological problems They settled on calling him autistic but it sounds like than that Never mind The label is not important What is important is how his disability affected his parents and by extension his siblingsIn getting to the seat of it all Miller weaves back and forth in time Sometimes I felt we were thrown from one age to another then back again like a carnival ride She takes in Nina s parents and their parents in her survey which helps to provide a basis for the actionRandall s parents felt very differently about Randall It appeared to Lainey his mother that her husband David blamed her for #the defects in this child In response to this belief Lainey goes on to have three children #defects in this child In response to this belief Lainey goes on to have three children as a way of sorts of proving that she had nothing to do with it Nina always felt out of it different because of this distinction and her father jokingly referred to the three youngest as the extras the nexpected guests the surprise party the little pitchers of healthHer father was a psychiatrist It appears that he took his profession seriously extending his listening manner to his family Which contrasted with Lainey s excitable nature At times I was irritated by David s steady controlled manner and at others by Lainey s The Possible Police uncontrolled outbursts or her attem. Spanning forty years Family Pictures follows the conflict between husband and wife over a beautiful autistic child Randall is both angel and demon His father David a coolly rati. Could have been better Sometimes I can be slow to digest a book slow to come to terms with my feelings about it In this case when I finished Miller s book back in 2012 Ineuivocally gave it four stars there was no estion that I was drawn in by her story and intrigued by the family dynamic she portrayed I didn t care for several of the characters although I appreciated their characterizations for they were true and bold and agonizingly real to me But it is only after all these months have passed and so many other books have been read
That I Truly Understand The Depth OfI truly nderstand the depth of Miller accomplished Family Pictures has stuck with me The story of this family the agony guilt and shame that exists below the surface of this thing they call life a life that is happening whether they are prepared for it or not deeply resonated with me I keep going back to it "Rehashing It Comparing The Essence Of What Was In These " it Comparing the essence of what was in these to other stories And there is only one thing I can conclude from that this is a beautifully tragic work of art Miller has crafted a superbly timed and weighted story each character and emotion finely honed The subtle strains and battles of family life are magnified through the lens of autism in the 1950s Parents and older siblings struggle to accept and endure the new way of life that Randall brings Younger siblings accept their world as one that only exists with Randall in it The dichotomy she fosters is so poignant A worthy read Five stars But that s the way it is in a family isn t it The stories get passed around polished embellished Liddie s version or Mack s version changes as it becomes my version And when I tell them it s not just that the events are different but that they all mean something different too Something I want them to mean Or need them to And of course there s also the factor of time Of how your perspective your way of telling the story of seeing it changes as time passes As you changeIn the idyllic 1950 s the Eberhardt family seems to have it all They bought the big house overlooking the park in Chicago where the dad is a psychologist and the mom stays home with her three beautiful children Un Absorbing story of a semi dysfunctional but loving family set in the 60 s and 70 s Several points of view bring different facets of this story to light Sue Miller s style is a bit flowery and metaphor filled than I prefer but her gift of narrative shines This should have been a better book than it was The story is centered on a family with an autistic son and how the presence of this son shapes the #Family And Each Of #and each of members Unfortunately all the family members are pretty Before Our Eyes unlikable and it is very hard to care about what happens to them The mother and father are particularlynpleasant very self absorbed while believing they are selflessly dedicated to their kids All of the characters seem to float in their own little bubbles of self absorption and never really come across as a family Overall a disagreeable read. Th a difficult and npredictable child; there are five other children in the family each of them coping with the dramas and rifts surrounding them each of them affected by Randa.