[ Audible ] Up IslandAuthor Anne Rivers Siddons – Bilb-weil.de

If there was ever one woman who knew what was important, that woman was Molly Bell Redwine From childhood, Molly was taught by her charismatic, demanding mother that family is everything But in what seems like an instant, Molly discovers that family can change without warning Her husband of than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters to the four winds In a heartbeat Molly is set adriftDevasting by her crumbling world, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha s Vineyard where she tries to come to terms with who she really is After the summer season, Molly decides to stay on in this very different world, renting a small cottage on a remote up island pondAs Molly s stay up island widens the distance between her and her old life in Atlanta, she lets go of her outworn notions of family and begins to become part of a strange and very real new familyAs the long Vineyard winter closes in, she braces herself for the search for renewal, identity, and strength, until the healing spring finally comes A well written and moving tale about a woman whose husband leaves her for someone else Then her mother dies.The thing is, I don t think this book is so much about divorce as it is about identity Not just the way people identify you, but,importantly, the way you identify yourself and what roles you play with the people around you When something happens and you lose some of these labels and roles, it can be quite a struggle to define yourself to yourself and learn to live with your change A well written and moving tale about a woman whose husband leaves her for someone else Then her mother dies.The thing is, I don t think this book is so much about divorce as it is about identity Not just the way people identify you, but,importantly, the way you identify yourself and what roles you play with the people around you When something happens and you lose some of these labels and roles, it can be quite a struggle to define yourself to yourself and learn to live with your changed situation And divorce and death of a loved one aren t the only things that can cause identity loss It can also happen if you lose your job or struggle with health issues or even just get older and can t do some things you used to view spoiler If you look at other prominent characters her father and Dennis they are dealing with the same issues of lost identity The father is no longer husband Dennis is coping with the loss of his leg and cancer, both of which prevent him from doing multiple things that used to be part of his identity He used to be a runner even at a competitive level and he used to be a teacher And once upon a time he was also husband and father And he still hasn t dealt with what he views as his mother s rejection when he was a child, which lost his many roles in his young life I found myself able to relate to several of the characters and their struggles to make sense of who they are considering what is lost hide spoiler I ve never read A.R Siddons books before In fact, I don t have much experience with this type of fiction at all.I am SO GLAD I found this book It is so beautiful It s also sometimes very ugly, very human It is complex and emotional The main character is an early middle age housewife and socialite from upper middle class Atlanta, Georgia, whose comfortable life goes into a tailspin after her husband leaves her for a younger woman The only aspect of her that I could possibly relate to is t I ve never read A.R Siddons books before In fact, I don t have much experience with this type of fiction at all.I am SO GLAD I found this book It is so beautiful It s also sometimes very ugly, very human It is complex and emotional The main character is an early middle age housewife and socialite from upper middle class Atlanta, Georgia, whose comfortable life goes into a tailspin after her husband leaves her for a younger woman The only aspect of her that I could possibly relate to is that she is a woman However, the author has written the character so well that I understood her completely and wholely identified with her at every step of the story I felt her pain although it came from experiences I have never had Amazing I passed it on to my mom when I was done reading it and I hope she reads it too.The only criticism I have is that the author takes half the book to get to what I feel is the meat of the story, which is when the character makes the decision to stay on the island However, that first half helps flesh out the main character so that you can really understand her later on I started out really liking this book, but in the end it was just kind of meh I felt like it went on FOREVER How long does it take to get to the inevitable conclusion, the one you knew it was going to get to from page 1 Sheesh.Also, I thought the dream sequences with her dead mother were a really bizarre thing to focus on And the romance that developed in the book was a real head scratcher although I could see it coming from a mile away and kept thinking, please don t get these people toge I started out really liking this book, but in the end it was just kind of meh I felt like it went on FOREVER How long does it take to get to the inevitable conclusion, the one you knew it was going to get to from page 1 Sheesh.Also, I thought the dream sequences with her dead mother were a really bizarre thing to focus on And the romance that developed in the book was a real head scratcher although I could see it coming from a mile away and kept thinking, please don t get these people together it makes no sense.Still, there is a lot about this book that is both poignant and beautiful And I d now like to visit Martha s Vineyard, a desire I never had before This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Molly s family is turned upside down without warning She finds out her husband ofthan twenty years is leaving her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies and all of her group of friends is rapidly scattering away Family has always been everything She was a good wife to her Coca Cola executive husband , a good mother, and an upstanding woman of the community and all of the clubs and committees that that entail The new dominating girlfriend has insinuated herself into every Molly s family is turned upside down without warning She finds out her husband ofthan twenty years is leaving her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies and all of her group of friends is rapidly scattering away Family has always been everything She was a good wife to her Coca Cola executive husband , a good mother, and an upstanding woman of the community and all of the clubs and committees that that entail The new dominating girlfriend has insinuated herself into everything Molly can t even talk on the phone alone to her husband Her son can t see his father alone When she leaves on a short trip she comes home to find them in her house having drinks and starts getting advice from friends that she would becomfortable in a different setting they want her house She decides to go to Martha s Vineyard for a vacation with her outspoken friend from the north a friend that has never really been accepted into Atlanta society When her lawyer advises her to go along with whatever the husband wants in order to show that she has been cooperative, and get a better settlement , she decided to stay for a while on the island While she was exploring upisland she saw a sign for a camp with small feeding swan duties When she stops to check it out, she is immediately sucked into a new situation Belle is the lady who owns the camp a small house that islanders live in during season when they rent out their own homes to tourists She inherited the land from her husband s family who has been on the island forever She lives with Luz who is now an invalid When she takes Molly to see the camp, she explains that there would be light duty feeding the swans, getting them groceries and occasionally taking them to doctor s appointments There is also the matter of her son who is living in the other camp house Dennis has just had his leg amputated because of cancer The small house is terribly rundown and Molly decides she isn t going to take them up on their offer until Belle convinces her to at least give them a few days and see how they have fixed it up The house is totally transformed with everything washed and clean, even food in the refrigerator and wood ready to burn It looks like the ideal place to recover and rest from her situation in Atlanta She immediately finds out that the situation is far from ideal The swans hate her, Dennis knows he needs someone but is still angry about his situation he also hasn t spoken to his mother in decades Belle is a walking heart attack waiting to happen Luz is an invalid with the mind of a child Molly s newly widowed father is totally depressed and an intrusion on his son s life in Boston She calls her father and tells him she really needs a little help and he comes to visit her He immediately bonds with the swans and gets along with Dennis They all fall into a comfortable routine, until several things happen The female swan is killed and since swans mate for life, the male becomes very depressed and disappears This sends the father into a further depression and all he wants to do is sleep The two old ladies need a lotcare and the winter is getting worse Molly becomes overwhelmed and Dennis steps in and reconciles with his mother, then Belle has a heart attack and dies Molly sees that her old family and way of life have moved on and she has become a part of a strange new family Side note the male swan returns with a new mate its the start of a renewal for her father too I found this to be a rather dark story I struggled to keep reading, but in the end finished the book, and I m glad I did. I found this book in a charity shop and reckon I got the book deal of the year It was one of two for 1.25 and I don t remember better value for money I loved it and as a bonus it was in great condition An author new to me, Anne Rivers Siddons told the story beautifully I love words and phrases in their own right not just as part of a story, as I guess most readers do and there was so much here in which to delight The characters were real, flaws and all From the discovery and shock of inf I found this book in a charity shop and reckon I got the book deal of the year It was one of two for 1.25 and I don t remember better value for money I loved it and as a bonus it was in great condition An author new to me, Anne Rivers Siddons told the story beautifully I love words and phrases in their own right not just as part of a story, as I guess most readers do and there was so much here in which to delight The characters were real, flaws and all From the discovery and shock of infidelity in the first few pages to the fallout from that, not just for Molly but for extended family and friends, the mix of poignancy, pathos and humour was spot on The wonderful descriptions of land, sea and skyscapes set me down in New Hampshire with a fascinating, albeit motley, collection of humanity The sense of place was very strong throughout.This is a book of two parts The first shorter part, set in socially upmarket, corporate world Atlanta The second longer, in a frugal, simpler but demanding life on Martha s Vineyard The in between, transitional chapters which could have been flat, were saved for me by the quality of the writing, that sense of being there and again, the poignancy of feelings expressed, exposed and trodden on An example The conversation overheard by Molly, between Molly s best friend from Atlanta and other guests at a party on The Vineyard also attended by the Clintons Disloyalty and betrayal unwittingly but cruelly demonstrated to a vulnerable friend ouch I have just looked at other reviews and can see how some readers felt that the characters were weak, or self absorbed but I feel that everyone deals with life s blows and disappointments in the way their personality and character dictates Whilst I couldn t personally identify with any of them, I totally bought into them and their struggles If the ending was rather predictable and there was a little bit of whimsy associated with the dreams and the swans, it didn t matter one iota to me, I found Up Island a thoroughly engrossing read Molly Bell Redwine has had the mantra family means everything instilled in her from early childhood by her charismatic, demanding mother But in what seems like a single instant, Molly s world is tilted on its axis and she is shaken to her very core by the aftermath When her husband ofthan twenty years leaves her for a much younger woman, Molly s world crumbles around her She is devastated to learn that the Other Woman has stepped in to Molly s life and essentially replaced her mov Molly Bell Redwine has had the mantra family means everything instilled in her from early childhood by her charismatic, demanding mother But in what seems like a single instant, Molly s world is tilted on its axis and she is shaken to her very core by the aftermath When her husband ofthan twenty years leaves her for a much younger woman, Molly s world crumbles around her She is devastated to learn that the Other Woman has stepped in to Molly s life and essentially replaced her moving into Molly s house, taking over her social position and earning the affection of Molly s son.With the death of her domineering mother, Molly is truly set adrift in the world Seeking refuge with a friend in Martha s Vineyard, Molly begins to search for her own identity When her friend departs, she decides to stay in Martha s Vineyard by herself Molly rents a small cottage, assuming the duties of caretaker for two cantankerous elderly women who share a haunting secret, the gravely ill and estranged son of one of those women, and a pair of territorial swans.As Molly s stay on Martha s Vineyard widens the distance between her and her old life in Atlanta, she learns to let go of her outdated notions of family and becomes part of a different but still very real new family As winter closes in on Martha s Vineyard, Molly struggles to nurture them and looks forward to ahopeful future.I really enjoyed reading Up Island In my opinion, Anne Rivers Siddons is a truly great author she really draws the reader into the story, and they are captured by a desire to know what happens next I vaguely remember reading this book before several years ago, but I couldn t really remember most of the plot, so it was like reading an entirely new book for me I give Up Island by Anne Rivers Siddons an A and will place it on my keeper shelf to read again I have read and enjoyed many of Anne Rivers Siddons novels but this story of what happens to Molly Redwine after her mother dies suddenly and her husband leaves her for an awful younger woman is one of her best She has such a gift for describing places that you can practically see and smell and sense what it is like, even if you ve never been there In this case, it s Martha s Vineyard.Molly goes to the island to stay with a friend while she recovers from the shock and pain of the terrible even I have read and enjoyed many of Anne Rivers Siddons novels but this story of what happens to Molly Redwine after her mother dies suddenly and her husband leaves her for an awful younger woman is one of her best She has such a gift for describing places that you can practically see and smell and sense what it is like, even if you ve never been there In this case, it s Martha s Vineyard.Molly goes to the island to stay with a friend while she recovers from the shock and pain of the terrible events in her life An odd group of characters, including two surly swans, become Molly s surrogate family as she tries to figure out what to do next I loved this book so much that I actually contemplated taking a sick day from work so I could finish it There were parts of this book that I hated, and parts that I loved Up Island doesn t leave me unmoved, that s for sure I thank the author for bringing to life such genuine characters Honestly, almost everyone in this story is either irritating or selfish, na ve, mean, sad, depressing, spiteful and I can go on and on Except at the end, those few Ponders who come to Molly s aid, finally to assist her in caring for their own estranged relatives a bit late, but nevertheless they feltThere were parts of this book that I hated, and parts that I loved Up Island doesn t leave me unmoved, that s for sure I thank the author for bringing to life such genuine characters Honestly, almost everyone in this story is either irritating or selfish, na ve, mean, sad, depressing, spiteful and I can go on and on Except at the end, those few Ponders who come to Molly s aid, finally to assist her in caring for their own estranged relatives a bit late, but nevertheless they feltlike normal down to earth people Molly s father fit right into that category A good egg So is Molly She has a heart of gold really, but she doesn t know it because she has such a distorted image of herself Her mother was the cause of that, of course You ll have to read this to understand.So what was the allure of this book The real feel of the events occurring, for one, and the authentic characters for another, certainly and I think that s what will stay with me most Oh, How my anxiety piqued when reading how poor Molly was betrayed by her cavalier husband of so many years and that Sherri woman he hooked up with That horrible Sherri felt so entitled What a cow The situation pained me so much I guess you got it This is NOT your typical feel good book, far from it But in the end you get away with a positive vibe, nonetheless.Part of the story is set on the east side of Martha s Vineyard which islanders call Up Island It felt beautiful and again, a bit depressing that long winter, brrrrrr I felt the cold coming of the page Some other reviewers are right when they say this book is mostly about finding your identity, but it is also about scratching the surface and getting to know your loved ones a bit better If you don t need your stories neatly tied up with little bows on top, then this is a read for you