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Open House by Elizabeth Berg

Open House (edition 2000)

by Elizabeth Berg

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Title:Open House
Authors:Elizabeth Berg
Info:Random House (2000), Paperback, 241 pages
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Tags:Women's Fiction

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I've had mixed success with the author and this was one of the mediocre reads. Sam's husband walks out on her and their 11yo son. She's never worked, and is at loose ends over what to do and how to feel. To afford the mortgage, she takes in boarders - some lovely and some quite odd. And embarks upon a romance with the guy that moved one on the roommates into her home. ( )
  nancynova | Mar 2, 2016 |
When David decides to leave Sam, Sam does the "logical" thing - she goes shopping and spends $12,000 at Tiffany's. Eventually she awakens from her most feared nightmare and begins to live her life for herself rather than for her husband. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 26, 2016 |
main character was so helpless and unlikeable. Overall, poor character developement, very little plot and whiny. A women is suddenly left with by her husband to raise their 11 yr old boy. She deals with finding herself again. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
main character was so helpless and unlikeable. Overall, poor character developement, very little plot and whiny. A women is suddenly left with by her husband to raise their 11 yr old boy. She deals with finding herself again. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
After reading some of the reviews for this book I thought it was going to be one of them that I'll put to one side half way though reading for a couple of months, then try and go back to, but I really enjoyed this book. I hated putting it down cause the emotion of Sam stayed with me, that heart breaking loss. Loved all the characters. So glad I gave it a chance. ( )
  s.a.l | Jun 24, 2015 |
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You know before you know, of course. You are bending over the dryer, pulling out the still-warm sheets and the knowledge walks up your backbone. You star at the man you love and you are staring at nothing: he is gone before he is gone.
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, August 2000: The narrator of Elizabeth Berg's Open House calls divorce "a series of internal earthquakes ... one after the other." She ought to know. Samantha is abandoned by her husband in the opening pages of this three-handkerchief special, and the resultant tremors keep her off-balance for most of the novel. There are practical problems aplenty, of course, including a shortage of money and an 11-year-old son to raise. But Sam's sense of emotional bereavement is far worse, despite the fact that her husband had been giving her the conjugal cold shoulder for years:
I miss David so much, yes I do, I miss the presence of another person in my bed at night, even if he doesn't touch me; the reliability of someone else being there in the morning, even if they only shave and stare straight ahead into the mirror while you lean against the bathroom doorjamb with your cup of coffee, chatting hopefully.
The loneliness in her "as constant and as irrefutable" as circulating blood, Sam begins to rebuild her life. She finds herself a job and takes in a couple of boarders to help meet her mortgage payments. (One of them, a depressed student named Lavender Blue, informs her that "life was nothing but one major disappointment after the other"--the sort of homily that Sam is understandably reluctant to hear these days.) She also starts dating, with disastrous results. Yet this comically kvetching heroine does manage to find love in the ruins, and by the time Open House winds down, it's hard not to believe that she's much better off. Throughout, Berg alternates her snappy and sappy registers like a real pro. And the conclusion, which most readers will be able to spot a mile off, seems just right--the light at the end of the post-matrimonial tunnel. --Anita Urquhart

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Samantha's husband has left her, and, after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany's, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-year-old son.

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