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Book Title: The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters: A Novel|
The author of the book: Elisabeth Robinson
Edition: Little, Brown and Company
Date of issue: January 7th 2004
ISBN 13: 9780316735025
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.1
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I've just finished weeping my way through the last few pages of this wonderful book. It's a beautiful tale of sisters, of course, but much more so of relationships and relating.
This novel counterbalances the falseness and fecklessness of Hollywood with the intensely weighted reality of dealing with cancer in small town middle America. Even more, it blended them into the tapestry of one life, revealing that the frivolity of the one and the despair of the other are intrinsic in every life. Through this it demonstrates that the point is to take the moment, this very moment whether it be as thin as onionskin paper or as rich as flowerless chocolate cake, and appreciate it, live it, go for it. No matter how short or how long the moment is, the life is, it is worth it.
There were moments I wanted to heave this book across the room or into an imagined deep well because, while I'm nothing like the main character, I understood certain aspects of her journey having faced (to a lesser but no less gripping degree) the situation of having a younger sibling diagnosed with cancer. I was compelled to press on and was not disappointed I did.
The struggle with understanding and with faith and with hope while simultaneously attempting to fathom the immensity of the negative unknown, the basic struggle for life and death, and dealing with the mundanity of daily life is a vividly real confusion. It's a battle, trying to feel that what you want and value still actually holds some importance... and that it is really okay to want those things. Still, when you feel pleasure there is an underlying guilt.
Robinson deftly conveys all this with humor and a touch of grace. Her character's growth at times is so subtle it seems impossible, but that is what I appreciate about this work... it mirrors life so well. One day we recognize the change in us, and find we have a long winding road to gaze at, rather than a single moment, in searching for the "when" of said change. I'm so pleased to have had this experience.
I wanted to close with this wonderful quote, "I said hope is neither false nor true but a kind of happiness itself, a fuel that carries us toward our dreams." May we all, in spite of the odds, keep hope alive, feeling it's singular beauty, as we press ever closer to our dreams.
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