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  • Title: Swell
  • Author: Jill Eisenstadt
  • ISBN: 9780316316903
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thirty years after From Rockaway A great first novel Harper s Bazaar , Jill Eisenstadt returns with a darkly funny new work of fiction that exposes a city and a family at their most vulnerable.When Sue Glassman s family needs a new home, Sue relents, after years of resisting, and agrees to convert to Judaism In return, Sue s father in law, Sy, buys the family Sue, DThirty years after From Rockaway A great first novel Harper s Bazaar , Jill Eisenstadt returns with a darkly funny new work of fiction that exposes a city and a family at their most vulnerable.When Sue Glassman s family needs a new home, Sue relents, after years of resisting, and agrees to convert to Judaism In return, Sue s father in law, Sy, buys the family Sue, Dan, and their two daughters a capacious but ramshackle beachfront house in Rockaway, Queens, a world away from the Glassmans cramped Tribeca apartment The catch Sy is moving in, too And the house is haunted.On the weekend of Sue s conversion party, ninety year old Rose, who literally got away with murder on the premises years earlier, shows up uninvited Towing a suitcase sized pocketbook, having escaped an assisted living facility in Forest Hills, Rose seems intent on moving back in Enter neighbor Tim formerly Timmy see From Rockaway , a former lifeguard, former firefighter, and reformed alcoholic who feels, for reasons even he can t explain, inordinately protective of the Glassmans.The collective nervous breakdown occasioned by Rose s return swells to operatic heights in a novel that charms and surprises on every page as it unflinchingly addresses the perils of living in a world rife with uncertainty.
    Swell Thirty years after From Rockaway A great first novel Harper s Bazaar Jill Eisenstadt returns with a darkly funny new work of fiction that exposes a city and a family at their most vulnerable When Su

    One thought on “Swell”

    1. For a book that took place over a short time span, it seemed like a very long journey I wanted to like this book, but found it difficult to like, dislike or connect with the characters.

    2. this was not swell sorry though there are good plays on the word in this book while reading, this story felt very bogged down, and it dragged for me i feel like the author just tried to do too much and it didn t all come together well there wasn t much that i enjoyed here, though eisenstadt s writing was fine.

    3. Half the book was enough for me The quirky characters were the only thing getting me that far Pretty pointless and disappointing.

    4. Swell was an easy read It s the book you want to bring to a beach with you to read while drinking a margarita As I just tried writing a synopsis of the plot, I realized there is not much to the story than the summary written on the front flap The storyline had me captivated for the most part it followed the Glassmans, an old lady Rose, and the next door neighbor firefighter Tim The reason for the low rating is that every plotline in the book has a boring, confusing ending It was as if Jill Eise [...]

    5. What does the word swell mean It can refer to an increase in an ocean wave as it comes in towards the shore Or to the lines of a pregnant woman s belly as she nears the end of her term At its simplest, it can just connote an increase in pride, love, or another feeling I thought of all these meanings as I read Jill Eisenstadt s newest novel, Swell Set in Rockaway, New York, it s a sequel of sorts of her first novel, From Rockaway , which I haven t read The two books share many of the same charact [...]

    6. I found the idea of binding together the peninsula s biggest and saddest national news stories The Golden Venture, 9 11, the crash of Flight 587 together intriguing, and telling it all from the perspective of non natives in the form of the Glassmans is a far interesting take than having a bunch of people from Rockaway talking about Rockaway But I think the author s decision to incorporate characters from her 1987 novel threw the entire book off balance Just about every member of the old lifegua [...]

    7. This tale begins with the story of Rose, an elderly Italian women in Rockaway Beach, Queens, who accidentally killed her only son, Gary back in 1993 Rose was a widow and an abused wife Gary was trying to get her to leave the home so he could sell it After the shooting, Rose slipped the gun into the hands of a dead Chinese immigrant who was hiding in the home Tim, a neighbor, saw what happened but did not turn Rose into the police.Now it is 2012 and the neighborhood is still reeling from 9 11 Ros [...]

    8. I listened to a great interview with Jill Eisenstadt and rushed to grab this book Despite the critical acclaim Swell received, I was just moderately interested in the characters and the plot, which was too bad, since the themes indicated such potential The main character, Sue Glassman, feels she s been strong armed into converting to Judaism by her father in law in order to inherit his recently acquired beach home At the end of her 3rd trimester with her 3rd child, she is the very symbol of fert [...]

    9. I think the story got off to a great start and there were some interesting twists along the way I can see this being made into a movie It s both funny and dark with lots of characters who are characters There are a number of open ended plot lines that left me wanting to know a little but, except for the exposition, the story takes place over three days and probably couldn t go on much further.

    10. I found that this book just fell into a disjointed mess Starting with the very strange encounter the daughter had on the beach with a boy she just met It left me thinking, What the hell was that Is the thought process the character had even close to realistic From there it just fell apart The conversations were shallow, pointless and disconnected I couldn t take any, didn t finish.

    11. Nope Wasn t a fan of the writing style, it read very choppy to me Did not finish and based on the other reviews that I just read now seems like cutting this book loose was a good decision A shame too since I love surfing and it s based nearby in NY, thought would have been a sure win.

    12. It s rare for me to find a book as unlikable as I found this one The characters were obnoxious, the plot nonexistent and forcing myself to finish it was a battle I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and had it not been for that obligation I would not have bothered to finish it.

    13. Hated everything about this book except the cover and how short it was Maybe the author was trying to be darkly comedic, but I don t see anything funny about misogyny, sexual harassment, or sexual assault And if she wasn t trying to be funny, then I don t know what she was trying to do.

    14. This was frenetic, occasionally witty and very rarely wise, but there wasn t a single likeable or relatable character in the whole motley crew.

    15. 2.5 rounded up Started out with a bang but it kind of fizzled out quick for me very ny, I am very ca Did love the cover

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