No One Is Coming to Save Us

No One Is Coming to Save Us

A Novel

Book - 2017
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JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married, and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town's once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava's husband Henry grow distant and frustrated. Ava's mother Sylvia has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia's undeserving but charming husband, just won't stop hanging around. JJ's newfound wealth forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from life than what they already have, and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead?
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 0062472984 (hardcover)
9780062472984 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC WATTS
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 24 cm

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Sep 12, 2017

Well written, contemplative. The story takes us into the characters desires - past and present.
Mistakes made, redemptive thoughts. Wish it had a little more oomph.

CatherineG_1 Jul 14, 2017

Ava is a successful woman who appears to have it all; a great job and a loving husband but she cannot sustain a pregnancy despite numerous attempts. Her mother, Sylvia is the female matriarch who is involved in the lives of friends and family alike. JJ, a long lost love from high school days appears on the scene and live changes for everyone.
This family and their friends are dysfunctional with a capital "D".
Great page turner!

kmscows Jun 30, 2017

This debut novel has been chosen as the first American Library Association Book Club Central read. Sarah Jessica Parker unveiled Book Club Central and the book choice at the annual conference in June. "No one Is Coming to Save Us" is billed as an African American "Great Gatsby." That got my attention. The characters are well-developed and oh so flawed.

debwalker Jun 28, 2017

Sarah Jessica Parker's first pick for Book Club Central - a new online platform of reading resources and recommendations at http://www.bookclubcentral.org/

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jun 03, 2017

Set in North Carolina, this book is very loosely based on The Great Gatsby. JJ returns to Pinewood, building himself a giant house that looks out over the town. Ava dated JJ in high school, but is now married to Henry. She is desperate to have a baby, but has suffered numerous miscarriages. The book's main focus is on Sylvia, Ava's mother, who seems to lack any sort of self-awareness. The book gives a snapshot of a dying town, but that makes the book seem overcrowded with whole chapters devoted to characters that have no reason to even be in the book.

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