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Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking: A Novel

by Aoibheann Sweeney

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For Miranda, the adolescence spent in her fog-shrouded Maine home has been stark and isolated. Now, having graduated from high school, her father arranges for her to stay with old friends in Manhattan, and she embarks on a journey that will open up her father's past - and her own world - in ways she cannot begin to imagine.
  lilac_library | Oct 27, 2016 |
Kind of a disappointing book. Although it calls itself a mystery, there is really nothing of the sort in this book. And furthermore, I found that the things that were known (the father, Miranda, Ana, Nick) in the book were so much harder to figure out (what are their motivations?) than the things that are unsaid (her dad was clearly in a relationship with Mr. Blackwell, etc.) I thought that all of the occurrences in this book were so serendipitous that it didn't seem at all realistic. ( )
  lemontwist | Dec 22, 2014 |
Clever premise but the story falls flat because the characters aren't rich enough. Mr. Blackwell is the only truly likable character but we just don't learn enough about him, or any of the others, enough to care. ( )
1 vote Mortybanks | Aug 16, 2013 |
I'm not sure exactly where the line is between young adult and adult fiction or how useful the distinction, but this book seemed somehow to fall into the former camp. It floats out some moments that seem like they might be interesting, then wafts them gently away. There is probably something difficult and admirable about writing with such a light touch, but I found myself frustrated that the novel, despite all the Ovid, doesn't transgress. ( )
1 vote LizaHa | Mar 30, 2013 |
The story of a young girl coming of age on a small private island off of Maine. After living alone with her introvert father who does little in the way of fathering, the young lady lands up leaving to work in New York, assisting her father's old colleagues.

It is a well done novel, a girl's search for her own identity; the struggles she must endure; the death of her mother, her aloof father and the question of her own sexuality.

Enjoyable read. ( )
  Melkor81205 | Dec 27, 2012 |
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Critically acclaimed by reviewers across the country, Aoibheann Sweeney?s beautifully written debut novel is a story of the profound human need for intimacy. For Miranda, the adolescence spent in her fog-shrouded Maine home has been stark and isolated? alone with her troubled father, a man consumed with his work translating Ovid?s Metamorphoses, her mother mysteriously gone from their lives. Now, having graduated from high school, Miranda?s father arranges for her to stay with old friends in Manhattan, and she embarks on a journey that will open up her father?s past?and her own world?in ways she cannot begin to imagine.

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"Miranda's father has always seemed to her as elusive and impenetrable as the thick New England fog that surrounds their isolated home. Just after she was born, her parents moved from chaotic Manhattan to a tiny sea-misted island off the coast of Maine so that her father could work on his translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses." "Not long after, her mother took the boat out, disappeared into the fog, and never came back. Miranda grew up in the lonely house on Crab Island caring for her brilliant but troubled father and sustaining herself with fantasies fueled by stories of ill-fated, lustful nymphs and vengeful gods that he read to her from his manuscript." "Serious and soulful, her only true friend was Mr. Blackwell - a fisherman who helped her father adjust to life on the island all those years ago, and whose relationship with him is - like so much else about her father - complicated and mysterious." "When Miranda graduates from high school, her father announces that he has arranged for her to travel to Manhattan to stay with friends from his old life, and Miranda embarks on a journey from one kind of island to another - a journey that will finally reveal the truth about her father's past and open up her world in ways she cannot begin to imagine."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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