The Petty Details of So-and-so'sLife

The Petty Details of So and so sLife With her second novel The Petty Details of So and so s Life award winning and celebrated author Camilla Gibb probes the bruises of family with humanity hilarity and a keen eye for the grotesque to

  • Title: The Petty Details of So-and-so'sLife
  • Author: Camilla Gibb
  • ISBN: 9780385658034
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • With her second novel, The Petty Details of So and so s Life, award winning and celebrated author Camilla Gibb probes the bruises of family with humanity, hilarity, and a keen eye for the grotesque to deliver one of the most anticipated books of the year.A startling and ambitious novel, as funny as it is poignant, The Petty Details of So and so s Life tells the story of BlWith her second novel, The Petty Details of So and so s Life, award winning and celebrated author Camilla Gibb probes the bruises of family with humanity, hilarity, and a keen eye for the grotesque to deliver one of the most anticipated books of the year.A startling and ambitious novel, as funny as it is poignant, The Petty Details of So and so s Life tells the story of Blue and Emma Taylor, who, despite an almost telepathic connection, respond to the sudden disappearance of their explosive father in remarkably different ways Emma sets off in pursuit of a new family, and discovers a sense of belonging in the most unexpected places Burly, tattoo stamped Blue, haunted by the brutal, disparaging voice of their father, embarks on a cross country search for the elusive parent Emma and Blue share a most intimate connection, one forged in the secret worlds and wordless communications of childhood As they grow, they discover the limits of the language they share.Camilla Gibb s debut novel, Mouthing the Words, won the 2000 City of Toronto Book Award, and has been published in twelve countries Camilla is one of two Canadian authors named to the Orange Futures List, compiled by the Orange Prize jury to celebrate twenty one promising writers to watch in the new century.

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    1. Way too many metaphors for my taste and she often took them too far. It was supposed to be amusing, but I didn't find that much that was funny, especially at the end. I'm not really sure why I finished it.

    2. This began with promise---but fell into a spiral of layering every possible metaphot about broken homes EVER.d got a bit cliche. The ending was SO confusinghas anyone else read it?

    3. Blue and Emma drew me in from the beginning of the novel. The dark twists and turns that they faced seemed to spell disaster, but the question was how it would devolve. With a drunken aloof mother and mentally unstable father, it looked like neither would make it through to their adult years, at least not unscathed. Surprisingly they did, but certainly not unscathed. As the story continued though, the thread that held them together became frayed. I'm not sure if reading a few reviews as I was go [...]

    4. I read this one while traveling in Iceland, and was captivated by the story, the writing, and the tender, broken characters. It's a story of family dysfunction, mental illness, resilience and vulnerability. It's sad and sweet and strange and sometimes even funny in a sad, sweet, strange way. The writing is lyrical and enticing; sometimes I fell in love with a sentence and read it over and over again. The ending surprised me, which surprised me; usually stories about dysfunctional families take a [...]

    5. This is my third Camilla Gibb book, I really enjoyed the Beauty of Humanity Movement and full on cried while reading This is Happy as it really resonated with me. The Petty Details though showed lots of promise but did not quite come through. Blue and Emma's story is heartbreaking, a distant Mom who is barely coping, a Dad with mental illness and two kids who completely fall through the cracks. Real promise in the start of the novel but somewhere near the middle I lost empathy for the father and [...]

    6. This was a dark story; family was messed up and had no place to go. Father abandons them and the rest of their lives are spent looking for him for answers. You felt sorry for them but at the same time you just wanted the book to end because you had had enough of their pitiful lives.

    7. Second book I read by Gibbs. Liked both. The setting brought the characters to life in an incredibly skillful way.

    8. While an incredibly quick read (I finished it in 3.5 hours) "Petty Details" is also incredibly rich. Gibb introduces us to Emma and Blue while they are small children hiding in their basement, speaking to each other in a language only they understand. They are blocking out the world around them, a world that is angry, bitter, and dysfunctional.When their father leaves and their mother descends into numb alcoholism, Blue and Emma must learn to cope and each does so in their own distinct way. As t [...]

    9. I picked up a reading copy of this a few months ago because I heard Camilla Gibb was a hot rising star in the Canadian literary scene. I liked this novel a lot, it kept me absorbed and the characters were real, but there was a bit lacking. Usually I tend to gravitate to novels with extremely strong characters, poetic or metaphoric writing styles, and authors who try to explore one (or two?) concepts exheedingly well. Gibb has tried to achieve this, and I recognize her writing skill, but she seem [...]

    10. This book explores themes familiar in literature - sibling closeness, alcoholism, mental illness and shoddy parenting - but it has a highly original feel, mainly down to its constant inventiveness, and the brisk way in which the story is told. The author cleverly selects only the interesting elements of her characters' lives, and discards the mundane. The writing is lively and frequently humorous (the incident with the police and the furry pig was a particular case in point). I was keen to know [...]

    11. I read "Sweetness in the Belly" a few years ago and enjoyed it so I thought I'd give this one a try. This book was no less emotionally jarring than that book. To enjoy this book you have to be ok reading about people's lives becoming messy and complicated. It's not a feel good read. Normally I don't like reading books about characters who are having mental health issues, but Gibb has a really nice writing style so it was easy to keep going and once I was about half way through I really wanted to [...]

    12. In her second book, Gibb once again explores the dynamics of a family with parents who should never have been. This time the father is abusive in a verbal way that echoes through the years. He doesn't take any kind of care of his family. He actually resents their ties to him. The mother's true colours first come to light when she plunks five-year-old Emma and four-year-old Blue on a bus to Niagara Falls. The siblings rely on each other and their evolving dynamic is the most intriguing theme of t [...]

    13. The story is depressing but it surely gives us more understanding of why some people find it hard to rise above whatever bad experiences they had in the past. It is always hard to leave the ghosts behind. The author has described the emotions well - those brought about by anger, loss, love, pride and insecurity.

    14. I like this writer. This is, as promised on the blurb, an unusual book centering on the telepathic relationship between Emma and her brother, Blue. Their explosive father disappears and their life becomes increasingly difficult and fraught. In some ways it is a bleak story but it is very readable and I liked the flawed nature of the characters.

    15. This book made me sad. I don't always mind that in a book, but in this one, it was just too much. I can summarize the book with this quote from one of the main characters: "You don’t choose your family, it’s true, but you can’t really choose to unchoose them either, no matter how much you might want to do so in your head."

    16. What a great detailed look into the minds of siblings who are raised in an emotionally abusive family. Their thoughts are revealed in such a realistic tone, and how each deals with the same circumstances is absolutely intriguing. The ending was disappointing, but that doesn't matter because the book itself is most definitely worth the time it takes to digest each page.

    17. I think I'm biased by the similarities between Blue and Emma's relationship and that of mine and my brother's. That's what pushes my rating from a 3 or 3.5 to a 4. Although it's well written and I love that it's set in Canada, if it weren't for the strong ability to identify with the characters, I doubt I would have loved this book as much as her others.

    18. Best line :" . . . every day the person in front of you becomes bigger, and rounder, fills the holes in you with things that are different, unexpected."There's that romantic again. Cynic be damned.

    19. Camilla Gibb is a great writer. I read Sweetness in the Belly several years ago and loved the tone and the narrative. This book is really different, certainly in its subject matter and story but the characters are just as complex and fascinating.

    20. A well written book by a talented author. However, I got bored with yet another story about a dysfunctional, tortured family.

    21. Good read set mostly in Niagara falls. Sensitively recounts the story of a dysfunctional family. Great characters.

    22. A good book insight to abuse(kind of an oxymoron because who really thinks that "abuse" is great) and how it affects a family. I will read more of her work

    23. You know that there will be crashes, and you anticipate them a long way off. But you are caught up in the details of the characters' lives. I sympathize with the sister.

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