The Arrivals

The Arrivals

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316097710
0316097713
Branch Call Number: FICTION Moo
Description: 324 pages ; 25 cm

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tegan
Oct 17, 2014

I had hoped that this novel was going to be similar to 'The Smart One' by Jennifer Close. The premise was the same: adult children staying for a prolonged period with their parents.

Although both are about the relationships between parents and children, and siblings - 'The Arrivals' really focuses on parenthood: having children, being pregnant, complications, breast-feeding and all the rest. For me, it was a bit much. I'm not a parent, and this detailed account of parenthood was not of interest to me. I kept hoping the focus would change, but about 200 pages in I finally gave up.

This book is definitely character-driven, and if you are a parent or expecting a child, I suspect that this book would be much more appealing to you than it was to me.

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IV27HUjg
Jan 20, 2013

Need this in large print or audio! Her second book was satisfiying & I'd like to read this one.

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TracyGuza
Aug 04, 2012

Good characters, too much emphasis (for me) on kids and having kids and kid stuff. I enjoyed the parts in New York City more than most of the book set in rural Vermont. I don't know if I liked these people (the characters). Kind of flat.

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rsenots
Jul 25, 2012

I read this book last summer and couldn't put it down. I didn't know we could write reviews here on the library site!
This was a fantastic read that I couldn't read fast enough. I thought the teaser was interesting about all the children one by one coming back home for one reason or another and the tensions, it was really a neat book. Another one I didn't want to end and wondered if she would continue the characters in another book, I guess we will see. Don't want to miss this one.

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amgriffin
Jul 15, 2012

A very satisfying and quick summer read. A good story about family, children, parenting, and forgiveness.

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