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Bowlaway By Elizabeth McCracken Bowlaway A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved award winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bo

  • Title: Bowlaway
  • Author: Elizabeth McCracken
  • ISBN: 0062862871
  • Page: 148
  • Format: ebook
  • Bowlaway By Elizabeth McCracken A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alleyFrom the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pound A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alleyFrom the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her But Bertha is plucky, tenacious, and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford s most defining landmark with Bertha its most notable resident.When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore unheard of son, who arrives in Salford claiming he is heir apparent to Truitt Alleys Soon it becomes clear that, even in her death, Bertha s defining spirit and the implications of her obfuscations live on, infecting and affecting future generations through inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills.In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of twenti
    Bowlaway By Elizabeth McCracken

    Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley. Bowlaway A Novel McCracken, Elizabeth Bowlaway celebrates the oddest of oddballs and the freakiest of freak accidents with wit and heart To read McCracken s inimitably clever sentences and follow her quirky narrative twists is to be constantly delighted NPR Bowlaway review Elizabeth McCracken s novel is weird Bowlaway covers nearly years, beginning at the turn of the twentieth century Lying on a patch of dead grass, a jowly, bosomy, bottomy, odd mystery matron wakes up in a Massachusetts Bowlaway A Novel Paperback Book Passage Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family s myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide About the Author Elizabeth McCracken is the author of five books, Books to read based on your favorite TV shows Apartment Sep , The similarities between Bowlaway and Maisel are mostly in the spirit of each story s heroine both have a wry, blunt sense of humor and both are thriving in spaces meant for men There s some mystery in Bowlaway that you don t get in Maisel , which makes it Bowlaway Scores A Strike NPR Feb , Life is strange and people are odd That s one of the takeaways from Elizabeth McCracken s wildly entertaining third novel, a wonderfully unpredictable multi generational saga which revolves around

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    1. Ron Charles on said:

      Who could walk away from this opening line They found a body in the Salford Cemetery, but aboveground and alive It sounds like the start of some gruesome murder mystery, but then the wackiness worms in The gladstone bag beside her contained one abandoned corset, one small bowling ball, one slender candlepin, and, under a false bottom, fifteen pounds of gold Death and life, frosted with macabre comedy It s why we ve enjoyed Elizabeth McCracken since her debut novel, The Giant s House, app Who cou [...]

    2. Constance on said:

      A sprawling delight Like reading John Irving circa Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, but written by a woman.

    3. Tyler Goodson on said:

      What a big, sprawling novel this is It reads like an anecdotal history of a bowling alley, and the family who starts it, grows with it, and feels trapped by it It s about the farthest branches of a family tree and the stories we tell about them But the best part is McCracken s writing every few pages a line or a passage will sneak up on you and knock your socks off.

    4. Kalen on said:

      1 2Love, love, love Elizabeth McCracken and have been waiting for this one Solid read but I wanted Bertha.

    5. Brenda Ayala on said:

      My first novel from McCracken, and probably my last if the others are like this Sprawling is the best word for this book It spans like 15 different lives, all stemming from one bowling alley in Massachusetts in the late 1800s It s weirdly untethered despite everyone being related in some way to each other, and I found myself getting and bored as the book went on There just isn t a point I ve had this same reaction to books like this before and had I known that Bowlaway wouldn t My first novel fr [...]

    6. lisa on said:

      This was an ARC I received from a publisher I had loved one of Elizabeth McCracken s short story collections Thunderstruck so I thought I would enjoy this book However, it turned into one of those slogs that I ended up forcing myself to power through.I don t know how to describe this novel because it made no sense to me, but the story mostly revolves around a bowling alley in a small New England town The bowling alley is founded by the mysterious Bertha Truitt Eventually it is run by her s This [...]

    7. Ericka Seidemann on said:

      Spoon River Anthology meets Cold Comfort Farm in this quirky story of a family owned candlepin bowling alley that spans generations There is a whisper of magical realism with a hefty dose of down to earth wisdom At the turn of the 20th century, Bertha Truitt, described as matronly and jowly, wearing a split skirt, is found lying face down in the local cemetery She sits up and explains that she s the inventor of candlepin bowling The townspeople are perplexed and mesmerized by Bert [...]

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