The characters did not interest me nor did their story. I thought the writing in this book was wonderful. I liked the story line, it is worth reading.
I was a little disappointed in the ending. I thought it was would have a surprise ending. If you liked Stones from the River, you would probably enjoy this one. The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. See details for additional description. Skip to main content.
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About this product. New other. Make an offer:. Stock photo. Brand new: lowest price The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. Author: Hegi, Ursula Publisher: Touchstone. Condition: New! Binding: Paperback Publish date: The character of Julia seems like one of the whiny people I can't stand who constantly apologize for being abused and refuse to listen to reason.
Julia had it made not having contact with her abusive father for over 20 years and then I loved Stones From the River. Julia had it made not having contact with her abusive father for over 20 years and then she had to see him again in hopes of getting an apology. I hate this.
Abusers never take responsibility for their actions. Mothers do not deserve to be on pedestals. Not all parents love their children and not everyone gets the parents they deserve. Accept it and move on. Not Julia. She disassociates from reality which is normal for someone who was abused as a child. She has trouble with relationships which is also normal.
However, I just don't care about this person. I don't like her. I don't like her pathetic excuses for her behavior. I don't like her constant whining about her parents and her brother. I especially don't like people keeping stupid secrets and claiming it's best for the children. Just no. I finished the book in the hopes something would make it better and the ending was a huge letdown.
Which is pretty bad when the whole book was irritating to read. May 09, krdito rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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I love Ursula Hegi's writing, particularly Stones from the River. This too was well-written, but I found it a bit confusing. I wasn't sure which of Julia's memories were real and which were fabricated. A painful, sensitive story for sure, but at times, I wanted to shake each one of them and tell them to get over it. I did not find it credible that Julia did not want children for fear of repeating the abuse she received as a child. I felt that someone so conscientious of this is unlikely to I love Ursula Hegi's writing, particularly Stones from the River.
I felt that someone so conscientious of this is unlikely to repeat it. It also seemed unbelievable that a mother would just up and leave her children without a word, leaving them to wonder what happened to her into adulthood.
Not Hegi's best story, but her writing is very good. Jun 09, Doris Powell rated it it was ok. I was disappointed in this book. I had read previous books by this author and really liked them. In this book I could not relate to the main character, Julia. I found her a little too whiny. I did like her brother Travis and would like to have known about his character, why he took care of his father and why he specialized in yard sales.
The ending was also abrupt. Very little was resolved. Did Julia forgive her father? Did her mother come to see her in Vermont or even keep in touch?
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Had her I was disappointed in this book. Had her father really forgotten that he abused Julia? I felt dissatisfied with the story at the end. May 25, Suki rated it did not like it. I am a huge fan of Ursula Hegi's work. Stones From The River was one of the most thrilling literary reads I have ever had. However, I became extremely annoyed while reading Salt Dancers as she described the same memories and story about abandonment and how it affects our main character over and over and over and over. Redundant is too small a word for it. May 12, Dana Brown rated it liked it. I feel so sure my reactions would be totally different.
So, this story is seriously flawed for me. Aug 04, David rated it really liked it. The language in this one functioned interestingly. There were times when despite the simplicity of the sentences, it was almost difficult to sort things out, like it was keeping me at a distance from the character. That mirrored when the character was having more trouble, so perhaps that was intended.
It worked either way.
It added a great deal of depth. Or, maybe I'm just imagining things. Difficult to say for certain. It is difficult to say one "enjoyed" a book like this that is dealing with the harsh realities of abuse and addiction and abandonment and I will say that Hegi created a world around or within her main character that was captivating, somehow. Felt like some of the other characters could have been deepened, though the "unresolved" nature of the plot that seemed to annoy many reviewers here did not bother me. Kinda seems like life.