Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Arrivals (Book Review) by Meg Mitchell Moore

    The Arrivals: A Novel

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316097713

About the Book:

It's early summer when Ginny and William's peaceful life in Vermont comes to an abrupt halt.

First, their daughter Lillian arrives, with her two children in tow, to escape her crumbling marriage. Next, their son Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane show up for a weekend visit, which extends indefinitely when Jane ends up on bed rest. When their youngest daughter Rachel appears, fleeing her difficult life in New York, Ginny and William find themselves consumed again by the chaos of parenthood - only this time around, their children are facing adult problems. 

By summer's end, the family gains new ideas of loyalty and responsibility, exposing the challenges of surviving the modern family - and the old adage, once a parent, always a parent, has never rung so true.

Image of Meg Mitchell MooreMeg Mitchell Moore worked for several years as a journalist. Her work has been published in Yankee, Continental, Women's Health, Advertising Age and many other business and consumer magazines. She received a B.A. from Providence College and a master's degree in English Literature from New York University. The Arrivals is her first novel. Her second novel will be published by Reagan Arthur Books in 2012. Meg lives in northern Massachusetts with her husband, their three children and a beloved border collie.

My Review:
       The first thing I noticed about the book was the cover. I loved it then and still do. I really want to live there or frame it and keep it on my desk. It didn't matter if the story was good or not, I just loved the cover. (The story was good though.)

          We all cannot wait to have children. Then, we cannot wait for those children to begin to grow and we look forward to school activities and sports games. Then, they hit puberty, and we cannot wait for them to outgrow it. Next, comes high school graduation and we look forward to sending them off to college and having the house all to ourselves once more. After college graduation, we send out into the world, to fly away - or so we hope.

          We blindly think that now life for us will begin once again. There is a quiet house where we can now hear ourselves think. We discover new hobbies and rediscover each other.

          THEN, the inevitable happens! One by one, these grown birds that flew away, begin to return to the nest of origin.

          That is what "The Arrivals' is all about. Not one, but three siblings return home for various reasons one summer and parents and children must find a way to cope with each other and setting boundaries.

          It is a heartwarming story, but not an easy story. This family, thru trial and error, heartache and laughter, learn about each other in the season of their lives. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for yours.

A few good quotes:

"Going up the stairs, he took a childish pleasure in stomping his feet as loudly as he could. Standing in the center of the kitchen, he looked around. The kitchen was not up to Ginny's usual standards. If was not, he thought, even close. In the sink sat a haphazard pile of cereal bowls, some with errant Cheerios floating in watery milk.

He opened the dishwasher to put them in, but the dishwasher had been run but not unloaded. He thought about unloading it, but to do that he would first need to clean off the counter above the dishwasher, which was sticky with a hexagon of something that was possibly, but not definitely, orange juice...

Walking across the room from the sink to the table, his foot kicked a princess-themed sippy cup and sent it skittering under the counter. He bent to pick it up and knocked his head on the edge of the counter."

"William closed his mouth. He wouldn't tell Ginny about Rachel's money. He wouldn't worry about Jane's baby, nor would he worry about Stephen's plans for fatherhood, nor would he worry about why Lillian was still here and when, in fact, she might take it upon herself to depart..."

"Why are you taking it (the children moving home) so personally?"
She thought about that. Then she took a deep breath and touched her hair. She didn't look directly at William when she answered, because she thought that if she did she might begin to cry.
"Because they're (children) my life's work."
"If they're not happy - if they're not capable of living on their own, and being happy - it means I've failed. I should take it personally."

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  2. This looks like an up-to-the-minute many families are experiencing this. And as was written, "once a parent...." is oh so true.
    I think I shall have to look for this one from the library and read it. Thanks for your review!

  3. Great cover and this sounds like a good read. I like that it is realistic and everything isn't perfect. I enjoyed your review.


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