agree with the readers that did not enjoy the book. Interesting subjects, missed opportunity.
Mixed reviews here but I was absorbed and enjoyed the read. I'm a middle-aged woman - maybe it's geared toward that group, as it's about a woman's life. I'd recommend it for women who have been around the block a couple of times and are reassessing some of the decisions along the way.
Self absorbed angst - a dull piece of work
I unfortunately found this work lacking in many respects, and wasn't able to fall into the plot or lives of the characters. While there were a few laughs at the beginning, the plot was slow moving and with strange jumps that seemed poorly managed.
If you're looking for something a little bit different to read, then this is a book for you. Ellen leads a rather fragmented life--mother, single-parent, lover, ex-wife. Somehow she never seems to put her life together--still with unresolved feelings for her ex-husband, she lurches through a series of relationships with different people, her only constant two best friends who supported her through her second lonely pregnancy. I failed to develop any connection with her character after she sleeps with her sister's husband when her hormones are raging while pregnant. A story about people whose relationships just don't seem to work out. A good mix of humour, poignancy and what the heck moments.
A great novel set in Vancouver, Canada. I could relate to the landmarks and that made the story more plausible. It was a hard book to out down especially when it picked up momentum. It showcases all types of relationships that don't always work out as planned.
I lost patience with Ellen after about a third of the book. There were some funny bits here and there, but mostly I didn't want to hang out with her anymore, so didn't finish.
I actually found this book rather poorly written. Also, the plot seemed very random and pointless until 2/3 of the way through, when Act 2 begins. The tense and point of view changes too much and makes it confusing. I never really warmed up to the main character. The North Vancouver references were about the only thing that kept me from tossing it in the recycling bin.
One of my very favourite books of 2014—unforgiveably omitted from the prize lists, but on most best book lists in December. After reading it, Ellen is known to me the way my friends are, and I am still mourning her loss. (No spoiler, it's part of the deal of the book to know that she won't make it.)
A heroine to fall in love with. Great review by Marcia Kaye in the Star.
"The cleverly titled Ellen in Pieces recounts the tale of a woman putting the shattered pieces of her life back together, but it’s also told in pieces — in two acts comprising a dozen stand-alone short stories.....for me, Ellen is the most shimmeringly authentic character. In fact, she became so real to me that when I had to put the novel down in the middle, my first fleeting thought the next morning was not “I have to get back to that book” but “I have to call Ellen and see how she’s doing.”"
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