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Good Night, Henry epub

by Jennifer Olds


Good Night, Henry epub

ISBN: 0451215184

ISBN13: 978-0451215185

Author: Jennifer Olds

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Genre Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: NAL Trade (July 5, 2005)

Pages: 331 pages

ePUB book: 1286 kb

FB2 book: 1664 kb

Rating: 4.6

Votes: 118

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2 quotes from Jennifer Olds: 'Life has a funny way of giving us answers when we haven't even asked the questions. and 'Maybe life is just a quiet affair, interspersed with moments of great happiness and grief. Maybe it is the quiet that needs to emerge again, to balance the current run of craziness.

And while her heart is still heavy sometimes with the loss of her beloved brother Henry, who long ago went mysteriously missing, Mel keeps his spirit nearby, making him a larger-than-life hero in his nephews’ imaginations, creating tales of his epic adventures for their bedtime stories. It’s a life that works pretty well-until her estranged husband shows up at their door, wanting to make up for lost time with his sons.

On a horse ranch in the sun-drenched hills of Southern California, Mel Brown and her family must face their past before they can move into the future. A ward-winning poet Jennifer Olds crafts a beautiful story about love and loss and familial bonding in her debut novel.

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About Good Night, Henry. Melvina Brown has become an expert at holding it together

About Good Night, Henry. Melvina Brown has become an expert at holding it together. And while her heart is still heavy sometimes with the loss of her beloved brother Henry, who long ago went mysteriously missing, Mel keeps his spirit nearby, making him a larger-than-life hero in his nephews’ imaginations, creating tales of his epic adventures for their bedtime stories.

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When Henry, Tess, Winnie, and Suz form the Compassionate Dismantlers in college, the first rule of their manifesto is, "To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart. The latest novel from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McMahon is an atmospheric, gripping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets.

On a horse ranch in the sun-drenched hills of Southern California, Mel Brown and her family must face their past before they can move into the future. Melvina Brown has become an expert at holding it together. She's raising two boys-smart, tough Archie and sweet Theo, who dreams of playing baseball and doesn't let the fact that he has only one arm stop him. A perfect PTA mom Mel is not-her boots are too dirty for that. She's just taking it one day at a time, with a little help from her boyfriend, her twin sister, and her dad. It's a life that works pretty well-until her estranged husband shows up at their door, wanting to make up for lost time with his sons.
Professional polo player Tucker Twist-Black suffers a career ending injury. While in the hospital he reflects on what is important and knows he let down his wife Melvina Brown and their two children ten-years old Archie and nine years old Theo when he left them years ago. Now he wants back in their lives, but Archie loathes him for deserting them and Theo who has one arm wonders if it was his imperfection that sent dad leaving as he believes it did before. Tucker knows he has no chance with Mel who has a boyfriend Walter Beech who helps her along with her dad and her sister.

Mel allows Tucker to try to regain what he lost with the kids though her family and her boyfriend would prefer Tucker left. Every evening before going to bed she says GOOD NIGHT, HENRY hoping that one day her brother will return home; he fled town a decade ago after a fight that she caused. Still feeling guilty over what she did to Henry's life and unable to forget, she allows her estranged spouse a chance with his children giving her renewed strong that one day her sibling will come home.

GOOD NIGHT, HENRY is a powerful deep relationship drama. The simplistic yet delightful story line intelligently focuses on the complex connections between people; sister with sister, father and his daughters, mother and her sons, father and his sons, people and animals, woman and man, and finally a "ghost" and his sister. Readers who appreciate fully developed casts starring in realistic situations inside an entertaining tale will want to read Jennifer Olds' astute family drama.

Harriet Klausner
GOOD NIGHT, HENRY by Jennifer Olds

July 16, 2005

I loved GOOD NIGHT, HENRY, the debut novel by the award-winning poet Jennifer Olds. It is the story of a family that is anything but traditional. Melvina Brown is the main character, a twin to her sister Brenda. They aren't identical twins at all, and are different in more ways than one.

Belinda grew up with the looks, and for that reason Mel always felt second best. Their personalities were also opposite, but yet they were as close as two sisters can be. GOOD NIGHT, HENRY, in part, is the story of their relationship, but it's really the story of Melvina and her relationships with the people in her life including her sons, her current lover Walt, her sister Belinda, and their brother Henry, who had disappeared years ago. Most people believe Henry to be dead, but Melvina continues to talk to him, feeling his spirit within her. They were the siblings that most people said could have been twins. His story is also told in flashbacks, and slowly the reader will get the picture of what happened to Henry and why he was no longer a part of their lives.

Life for Mel becomes a bit more difficult when her husband Tucker shows up after having left them soon after the birth of her second son. Tucker seems to think he's back for good, and does his best to bond with his two boys, one of whom resents him for leaving all those years ago. Tucker tries to show Mel he's changed, but she's moved on. But he is her children's father, and for their sake she tries to be as civil to Tucker as she can.

There's a lot of family dynamics and relationship issues going on in GOOD NIGHT, HENRY. I loved the way Jennifer Olds writes, and I loved her characters. They are all flawed, as real people will be. I also think she did a great job with creating a boy with a handicap. To me it was realistic, especially his relationships with his brother and school friends and family members. And Theo was definitely a character I enjoyed getting to know, a purely good soul who was dealt a bad hand at birth. While Theo may not be the main character, his existence creates friction between his older brother Archie and their father Tucker, for reasons, which become clear in the novel.

I highly recommend GOOD NIGHT, HENRY. Her writing in this book was beautiful, containing some of her own poetry, which is what she is known for. One of my favorite new authors, I hope to see Jennifer Olds writing more novels like this.
It's very simple really: Women will like "Good Night Henry," by Jennifer Olds. Men won't. I once read a book by Danielle Steele just to see what it was like, and it might have been the one of the worst things I've ever read; and yet I'm sure that most of that book's readers, comprising no doubt of 99% women, loved it. To me, Olds is basically a slightly more literate Danielle Steele. I don't like to stereotype, but one can't deny that a gender difference exists when it comes to certain types of books.

I knew I was in trouble when all of the men were big-shouldered, free spirited and taciturn; and the women attractive, sensitive and complicated. Olds also includes lots of dogs and horses, all referred to by first names, and with distinct personalities -- always a bad sign. Sentimental scenes include a good-humoured nine year old boy, born with a stump instead of an arm, who succeeds as a little league pitcher. This same lovable boy is caught in a barn during a hurricane with a duck that's giving birth. Please!
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Good Night, Henry is pretty standard women's fiction:
Heroine raising 2 sons, check.
Preternaturally understanding boyfriend (even to the point of not minding that her estranged husband moves into the guesthouse on the property), check.
One of the kids has a handicap (one arm ends at the elbow), check. Beloved brother disappears, husband ran off after handicapped son was born, heroine can't trust any men because "they all go away," check.

Ho-hum. And people say ROMANCE is predictable. Gah.

The kids were pretty well done, with their reactions to their father returning, and to the younger boy's stump arm, so I gave it an extra star.
The writer worked too hard at trying to be poetic and sophisticated.Did not work for me.(I KNOW daffodils don't have a fragrance....)The book did not have a natural flow, it was just to awfull and presumptuous. And I cannot stand books that have guidelines for bookclubs, just assuming they have depth .A typical book concocted by a college professor trying to be a writer and a lot of people falling for it...