Cruel Beautiful World

Cruel Beautiful World

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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Sixteen-year-old Lucy Gold is about to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy's default parent for most of their lives, Charlotte has seen her youth marked by the burden of responsibility, but never more so than when Lucy's dream of a rural paradise turns into a nightmare. Cruel Beautiful World examines the intricate, infinitesimal distance between seduction and love, loyalty and duty, chaos and control, as it explores what happens when you're responsible for things you cannot make right. Set against a backdrop of peace, love, and the Manson murders, the novel is a reflection of the era: exuberant, defiant, and precarious all at once. And Caroline Leavitt is at her mesmerizing best in this haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Algonquin Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9781616206055
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lea
Description: 1 online resource (352 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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ehbooklover Jul 18, 2017

This book was a customer recommendation. In short: It was amazing. I absolutely loved it and could not put it down. The characters, the story, the writing...just EVERYTHING. It will definitely make an appearance on my “Best of 2017” list.

Jan 07, 2017

I wouldn't recommend this novel. The time period doesn't really fit what is going on with the characters. Also this family has too many secrets which lead to a very predictable story.

Dec 19, 2016

Caroline Leavitt creates another slice-of-life story about three sisters in 1970s Pennsylvania who are bound by love, but separated by secrets. When Lucy, the youngest, runs off with her older, Sven Gali-esque high school teacher, sisters Iris and Charlotte are left behind to deal with the aftermath.

I enjoy Leavitt's clean, simple storytelling and real-life characters. If you are a fan of "domestic" fiction or books about regular people, Leavitt won't disappoint. She throws in some elements of intrigue and romance to satisfy a broad range of readers.

(I read this in hardcover, but also read parts of it using Hoopla's ebook and audiobook copies.)

Dec 15, 2016

Charlotte and Lucy are two teenage sisters at opposite ends of the traditional academic success curve, until the daring Lucy meets an encouraging rebellious teacher, starts writing, and runs away with him when she is sixteen. The novel turns innocent to dark to nostalgic, and keeps you turning the pages, even though too many parallel backstories break the artful story structure after midpoint, and leave 70s context dangling.


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