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Ethan Joella

Autor/a de A Little Hope

5 obres 447 Membres 17 Ressenyes

Obres de Ethan Joella

A Little Hope (2021) 266 exemplars
A Quiet Life (2022) 178 exemplars
Where Dads Go (2015) 1 exemplars
A Prayer for Ducks 1 exemplars
The Same Bright Stars: A Novel (2024) 1 exemplars


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A good character story focused on loss among three different characters. Chuck is dealing with the loss of his wife of many years, Kirsten is dealing with the sudden loss of her father, and Ella is dealing with the loss of her daughter from her life. All three characters will cross paths, as they journey through their loss on their quest to truly live again. There are good insights into living with loss of a loved one, and the story is uplifting.

I struggle between rating it three or four stars. I both read the book and listened to the audiobook, and I think that the reader for Ella is the one that gives me pause before leaning towards a four-star. When I listen to her character, I was put off. I did not have the same reaction to Chuck or Kirsten. I guess that just shows how important it is to have the right reader in an audiobook.… (més)
wvlibrarydude | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Jan 14, 2024 |
I was ready to not like this one because I hate when a bunch of short stories get together, throw on a trench-coat, and pretend to be a novel. Luckily, these interconnected stories of people who are weathering life‘s struggles and tragedies but finding that bit of sweetness on the other side started getting to my heart in the last half. It‘s a little too on the nose at times, but both reads easily and captures the essence of being human.
yourotherleft | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Dec 31, 2023 |
I heard nothing but rave reviews for Ethan Joella's sophomore novel, A Quiet Life, so I picked it up in hardcover. It is exactly as it claims on the tin: a quiet life. It is a slow, introspective story about grief and loss and life.

Chuck, an older man who lost his wife to cancer and finds himself emotionally unable to go on the vacation they took together every year, Kirsten, a young woman whose whole life trajectory changed after her father's senseless death in a gas station shooting, and Ella, a hardworking, single mother whose young daughter has been kidnapped by her ex, all come together in this emotionally resonant story. None of these three know what to do with their grief and guilt, or, indeed, with their futures. All of them are stuck and suffering, trying to put one foot in front of the other.

All three characters are ordinary people and although no loss is the same, each of them is in a similar holding pattern. The novel is quite character driven, and rotates between the three characters' stories. The eventual intersections between the characters are convenient in that small town Hallmark movie sort of way and the book does read a bit like a heartwarming movie. The characters were often not much more than their struggles and the introspective writing means this likely won't be particularly memorable for me. The pacing was uneven with the ending speeding up significantly and it was predictably satisfying, the latter of which can be good or bad depending on your reading mood. If you're looking for a hopeful novel about people healing themselves with the help of community, you'll find what you're looking for in the pages of this one.
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whitreidtan | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Jul 27, 2023 |
Such a good story! This was a very nice "pallet cleanser".
MauraWroblewski | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Jun 24, 2023 |


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