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Bound on Earth by Angela Hallstrom

Bound on Earth

by Angela Hallstrom

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I can't think of a better way to tell the story of this family than the way Angela chose to do it...through vignettes, varying points of view and tenses, mixing and matching to come up with a crazy quilt of people, problems, and (yay!) no real solutions. Also, it made me cry.

This is more than a collection of vignettes on three generations of a Mormon family. It's a poignant, melancholy look at simply being a frail human being navigating the delicate balance of living with other frail human beings.

Excellent, excellent book.

ETA: This is a book clearly written by a short-story writer and assembled so as to make it a novel, but the vignette nature of it could bother some readers who want an "actual" novel. I'm curious to see if the author can write a full-length novel without relying on short-story writing techniques. ( )
  MoriahJovan | Sep 23, 2013 |
I came to this book with high expectations and wasn't disappointed. The format (a collection of interwoven short stories) works well in terms of allowing for multiple points of view, which is appropriate for a book that is more about a family than it is about any individual member of that family. However, the format also means that individual plot lines can feel somewhat unresolved. In addition, a few of these stories have been published separately, and I felt that those stories didn't integrate as well with the rest of the book. ( )
  Katya0133 | Dec 8, 2010 |
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Hallstrom is a superb writer and does an excellent job weaving the story lines of different time periods.
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"Combining deep emotional candor and spare, elegant prose, Hallstrom's debut novel is a poignant exploration of family, faith, and the ties that bind." -Kathryn Lynard Soper, editor of Segullah: Writings by Latter-Day Saint Women "Bound on Earth is a book in which the reader draws connections to the self; we see our own struggles, betrayals, hard loves, desire. It is a beautiful, honest chronicle of one family's journey through time." -Sheila O'Connor, author of Where No Gods Came and winner of the Minnesota Book Award "[The novel's] language is beautiful and transparent, evocative in its descriptiveness.. Its characters are complex and well-rendered, its ambitions serious and sincere. A compelling exploration of one family's struggles toward intimacy and self-awareness in a world that pulls people asunder, Bound on Earth succeeds on many levels." -Robert Van Wagoner, Utah Arts Council judge and author of Dancing Naked "Angela Hallstrom demonstrates an admirable mastery of the art of fiction. The subtle background to this novel is the Mormon world view, established without preaching or assumptions of superiority. But it presents a far from idealized vision of reality. By moments the members of this extended family writhe with conflict, tension, depression, self-pity, and misbehavior. If there's a lesson to be learned from this novel, it's that the pain and endurance required to create a family are worth it." -Levi Peterson, author of The Backslider and editor of Dialogue magazine

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A series of interconnected narratives by members of an extended Mormon family, the Palmers.

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