Among the Ten Thousand Things

Among the Ten Thousand Things

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn't mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack's secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it's delivered into the wrong hands: her children's.
Publisher: New York, New York : Random House, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: c2015
ISBN: 9780812995220
0812995228
Branch Call Number: F Pie

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yontichat
Jan 06, 2017

Loved this book -

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Islandlax12
Dec 14, 2016

Quick read, with inexcusable behavior from both parties. Shows the long lasting effects your decisions and lack of any compassion for others have on yourself and your children. Wasn't one of my favorite reads. I've been reading the books off theSkimm reading recommendations so far they are 2 for 3. This one I put on the down list.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jul 15, 2016

Deb and Jack find themselves in a crumbling marriage after their children discover a box containing print outs of emails between Jack and his mistress. Kay and Simon have to get used to the idea that their parents aren’t going to be together anymore, and that neither parent is who they thought they were. The second part of the book jumps forward in time to show the future of the characters, and the third part returns to the weeks right after Deb and Jack’s separation. While the timeline is a strange turn, the book does a good job of showing both the immediate and long-term effects of the end of Deb and Jack’s marriage.

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brangwinn
Jan 02, 2016

I looked forward to reading this book with anticipation because of all the pre-release hype about it. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood for a book about a marriage falling apart because of the husband’s infidelities. Yes, it was interesting reading about the interactions between family members including the kids, and to see what a dysfunctional family he had grown up in, but I did not find it compelling reading.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 03, 2015

If you are in a horrible marriage, and if you are suffering from depression and self pity, this book will commiserate with you. If might even make you feel less suicidal. Otherwise, you might want to wait for her next book.

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barbolsen
Oct 11, 2015

Well executed structurally but filled with doomed, droll characters one has a difficult time caring anything about whatsoever. A time-waster.

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haileyj
Sep 14, 2015

This book read like a soap opera - simple plot, disgusting behaviour and unsurprising ending. Wish I hadn't bothered to finish it.

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sayle
Aug 16, 2015

I expect a little puffery on a book flap, but this one takes misrepresentation to a new level. “Hugely enjoyable”? “Funny”? There was little to enjoy in the world of this novel and its unlikeable and unsympathetic characters. Partway through, a flash forward reveals everyone’s fates but fails to deliver the kind of emotional impact to the rest of the story that Pierpont was presumably aiming for. Although I stuck it out until the end in the hope she’d deliver, I wished instead I’d followed the instinct to bail on this dreary story within the first few pages.

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marthabwaters
Jun 16, 2015

This has been getting a lot of pre-pub buzz, and I understand why, even if it's not exactly to my taste. This is the portrait of a disintegrating marriage and its effect on the couple's children, and it's well written with lots of intriguing, complicated characters. There's a twist midway through ('twist' might not be quite the right word -- perhaps 'narrative decision' would be more accurate) that made the second half less enjoyable for me to read, even though I understood why the author took this step. For fans of contemporary literary fiction, I'd recommend checking this out, despite the fact that I wasn't totally sold on it -- I'm sure Pierpont is a voice we will be hearing a lot more from in the future.

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