Broken River

Broken River

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Karl, Eleanor, and their daughter, Irina, arrive from New York City in the wake of Karl's infidelity to start anew. Karl tries to stabilize his flailing art career. Eleanor, a successful commercial novelist, eagerly pivots in a new creative direction. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Irina becomes obsessed with the brutal murders that occurred in the house years earlier. And, secretly, so does her mother. As the ensemble cast grows to include Louis, a hapless salesman in a carpet warehouse who is haunted by his past, and Sam, a young woman newly reunited with her jailbird brother, the seemingly unrelated crime that opened the story becomes ominously relevant. Hovering over all this activity looms a gradually awakening narrative consciousness that watches these characters lie to themselves and each other, unleashing forces that none of them could have anticipated and that put them in mortal danger" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017]
ISBN: 1555977723 (pbk.)
9781555977726 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC LENNON
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 21 cm

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elizali
Jul 27, 2017

I wish I could say anything positive about this book. MPR is hyping this book because of their relationship to Graywolf Press. There is nothing redeeming about this book from its intense cliche to its overt symbolism. I'm disappointed I fell for MPR's clickbait.

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abcDena
Jul 01, 2017

This felt like such a rip-off of Amityville from page one that every time I went to Goodreads to search for it, I typed "Amityville" in the Search field. Like, come on, Mr. Lennon. I found the writing to be dry, stilted, boring, and couldn't wrap my head around the awkward plot device of the "observer", which is some poorly-constructed supernatural entity watching the events unfold in this house. Just bad, and not even in a good way. I gave it two stars just because I'm feeling generous.

I'm so disillusioned with fiction right now, it's no wonder my non-fiction pile is growing while my fiction pile continues to disappoint and shrink.

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