Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Ordinary Love and Good Will


Category: Feminism

Author: Jane Smiley

Summary: In "Ordinary Love," a mother explores her tentative relationship with her five grown children on the return of one of her twin boys from two years in India. After she reveals to them information about the brief affair that caused the collapse of her marriage to their father 20 years earlier, and her loss of custody, they tell heartbreaking details of their years without her. "Good Will" is a powerhouse: the careful, totally "organic" lifestyle of a rural couple disintegrates before their eyes when their seven-year-old son confronts the "real world" at school, with anguishing results.

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