Shoot Me

Shoot Me In the words of her psychology student daughter Elsie Brooks is an enabler She mothers everyoneher social work clients her husband her twenty something daughters and her reclusive sister who lives

  • Title: Shoot Me
  • Author: Lesley Crewe
  • ISBN: 9781551095882
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the words of her psychology student daughter, Elsie Brooks is an enabler She mothers everyoneher social work clients, her husband, her twenty something daughters, and her reclusive sister who lives in the attic Elsie is committed to taking care of everyone everyone but herself So, when crazy Aunt Hildy writes to demand a bedroom in their Halifax home, Elsie cant helIn the words of her psychology student daughter, Elsie Brooks is an enabler She mothers everyoneher social work clients, her husband, her twenty something daughters, and her reclusive sister who lives in the attic Elsie is committed to taking care of everyone everyone but herself So, when crazy Aunt Hildy writes to demand a bedroom in their Halifax home, Elsie cant help but say yes When Hilda arrives, she enchants and enrages the family with her moxie That and her proclamation that she has hidden treasure in the house and the kings ransom will go to whoever loved her most When someone threatens Aunt Hildy, she responds with her trademark sass Go ahead Shoot me I dare you Whoever it is takes her up on it Suddenly, the house is turned topsy turvy as Elsies family searches for a treasure that Elsie doesnt believe even exists, and for a killer that could be any one of them Shoot Me is a funny and sometimes heart wrenching story about family, fortune, and figuring out who you are and who you love In Elsie, Crewe has created a character who speaks with humour and honesty to conflicts that exist in the lives of so many women between work and home, between loving one man and wanting others, and between feeling fulfilled not only as a wife and a mother, but as a woman.

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    1. When I began reading Shoot Me, I didn't actually expect to finish it. Crewe's brash and conversational style took a few chapters for me to get into, but perhaps I've been spoiled by de Lint. However, I'm glad I stuck it out, because I did end up enjoying the book.The characters are all a little bourgeois, which is a little more than annoying, but Elsie is likeable, if spoiled by privilege - not her fault, truly. Her sisters are little more than leeches, but her daughters are likeable and her est [...]

    2. A fabulously funny and great book centered in a large South End Halifax home where Elsie Brooks lives with her separated husband who has taken up residence in the basement, and with her lonely sister who is in the attic. Her other sister Juliet, lives elsewhere in the lap of luxury with her husband Robert. Juliet and her husband have no children, just a pampered dog called Kiwi. Elsie has two daughters in their twenties: Dahlia, now engaged to a massage therapist named Slater, and Lily a smart p [...]

    3. I had originally planned to give this book for my mother for Christmas but ended up reading it myself instead then passing it off to my mother (not as a Christmas gift), who then passed it along to another member of my family, who then passed it along. I've lost track of where it is and I'm pretty sure I won't be getting it back. It's a story about a family trying to navigate through family politics when an wealth old aunt comes back home to die. It's a really great fun read.

    4. I had high hopes for this book. It's set in Halifax, NS, and I didn't mind the writing style.But I grew tired very quickly because the characters were so unlikeable, pathetic and absurd.Aunt Hildy doesn't get murdered until halfway through the book and I can't say I was sad to see her go. And I wasn't satisfied to discover who killed her it was a ridiculous choice. When Aunt Hildy's story comes out, I didn't have any sympathy or compassion for her.I wouldn't recommend this book.

    5. Lesley's writing is always a nice, enjoyable read. Wasn't keen on the mystery part but that's just me. Only the second book of hers that I've read (and yet I still want to call her Lesley Choyce, go figure!) but I'll read more.

    6. Hilarious, an easy read, funny characters, a murder mystery that keeps you guessing and treasure to boot. I read it in a day and a half. Good enough to have to share quotes with my husband at some of the funniest bits.

    7. I loved this book! I think I might know the characters, friends of mine I'm sure. I am definitely going to be passing this one on to friends who need to lose themselves for a few hours in good story with lots of laughs.

    8. Very light read, silly at times but fun nonetheless. Set in Halifax so being from Nova Scotia I could picture all of the locations, including the house they lived in.

    9. I read this book in 2010 while sick with the H1N1 flu"Shoot Me" sent me into fits of coughing! Although, I had to stop and catch my breath, it was worth the read. So darn funny!

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