Ellen in Pieces

Ellen in Pieces

A Novel

Book - 2014
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A single mother navigates the loves, lusts and losses of middle-age to arrive at a final, bitter-sweet contentment. Ellen McGinty: sexy, impulsive, loud-mouthed, chock full of regrets. In middle age she sells the house she raised her daughters in, slips the shell of her old life, and steps out for a first, tentative foray into real contentment ' directly into the path of a man twenty years her junior. Her story explodes into multiple points of view. Through the eyes of her lover Matt, her ex-husband Larry, her two daughters (one a former addict), her grandson, and a friend who both supports and betrays her, we watch Ellen negotiate the last year of her tumultuous life as the pieces of who she is finally come together. In its entirety, Ellen In Pieces explores love in its varied forms, the nature of regret (and the possibility of recovery from it), and that greatest human test, mortality.
Publisher: Toronto :, Patrick Crean Editions,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781443426787
Branch Call Number: F ADD NVD
Characteristics: 315 pages ; 23 cm

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nitramytown
Jun 03, 2017

agree with the readers that did not enjoy the book. Interesting subjects, missed opportunity.

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mythoughts
Jun 09, 2016

Mixed reviews here but I was absorbed and enjoyed the read. I'm a middle-aged woman - maybe it's geared toward that group, as it's about a woman's life. I'd recommend it for women who have been around the block a couple of times and are reassessing some of the decisions along the way.

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Roxannigan
Sep 13, 2015

Self absorbed angst - a dull piece of work

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cmenzo1
May 15, 2015

I unfortunately found this work lacking in many respects, and wasn't able to fall into the plot or lives of the characters. While there were a few laughs at the beginning, the plot was slow moving and with strange jumps that seemed poorly managed.

samdog123 May 10, 2015

If you're looking for something a little bit different to read, then this is a book for you. Ellen leads a rather fragmented life--mother, single-parent, lover, ex-wife. Somehow she never seems to put her life together--still with unresolved feelings for her ex-husband, she lurches through a series of relationships with different people, her only constant two best friends who supported her through her second lonely pregnancy. I failed to develop any connection with her character after she sleeps with her sister's husband when her hormones are raging while pregnant. A story about people whose relationships just don't seem to work out. A good mix of humour, poignancy and what the heck moments.

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Hlsi
Mar 31, 2015

A great novel set in Vancouver, Canada. I could relate to the landmarks and that made the story more plausible. It was a hard book to out down especially when it picked up momentum. It showcases all types of relationships that don't always work out as planned.

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 31, 2015

I lost patience with Ellen after about a third of the book. There were some funny bits here and there, but mostly I didn't want to hang out with her anymore, so didn't finish.

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spudwil
Jan 18, 2015

I actually found this book rather poorly written. Also, the plot seemed very random and pointless until 2/3 of the way through, when Act 2 begins. The tense and point of view changes too much and makes it confusing. I never really warmed up to the main character. The North Vancouver references were about the only thing that kept me from tossing it in the recycling bin.

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MarinaEndicott
Dec 29, 2014

One of my very favourite books of 2014—unforgiveably omitted from the prize lists, but on most best book lists in December. After reading it, Ellen is known to me the way my friends are, and I am still mourning her loss. (No spoiler, it's part of the deal of the book to know that she won't make it.)

debwalker Sep 09, 2014

A heroine to fall in love with. Great review by Marcia Kaye in the Star.
"The cleverly titled Ellen in Pieces recounts the tale of a woman putting the shattered pieces of her life back together, but it’s also told in pieces — in two acts comprising a dozen stand-alone short stories.....for me, Ellen is the most shimmeringly authentic character. In fact, she became so real to me that when I had to put the novel down in the middle, my first fleeting thought the next morning was not “I have to get back to that book” but “I have to call Ellen and see how she’s doing.”"

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