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by Emily Listfield

  • ISBN: 0241002044
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Emily Listfield
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Other formats: doc azw lit lrf
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; 1st edition (October 17, 1994)
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • FB2 size: 1416 kb
  • EPUB size: 1288 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 874
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Outside of their shut door, she could hear Jonathon conducting a symphony that swam about only in his own mind, loudly moaning out the flat notes, while Estelle broke into frequent applause.

Outside of their shut door, she could hear Jonathon conducting a symphony that swam about only in his own mind, loudly moaning out the flat notes, while Estelle broke into frequent applause t up from her desk and paced the room. There were nights when she woke from sleep breathless, gasping for air, sweat dripping down her chest. Days, too, she often found herself able to take only shallow, aborted breaths and, faint, had to consciously force herself to swallow deeply the thick, fetid air of their room, their house.

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Her writing has appeared everywhere from the New York Times Styles section to Harper’s Bazaar

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Enhance Your Book Club Experience Emily Listfield is praised for her ability to create suspense and captivate her . Draw a map of the clues dropped throughout Acts of Love and identify what aspects of the plot they pointed to.

Enhance Your Book Club Experience Emily Listfield is praised for her ability to create suspense and captivate her readers. She uses foreshadowing, a literary device that entails dropping subtle hints of what is to come throughout the novel. Sometimes these hints point to a plot twist, while others pull readers breathlessly through to the climax of the story

0 5 Author: Emily Listfield. From the acclaimed author of Waiting to Surface comes a searing (Publishers Weekly) and emotionally powerful novel about a family and a community torn apart after an unthinkable tragedy.

0 5 Author: Emily Listfield. In a suburb near Albany, New York, Ted and Ann Waring are waiting for divorce papers. Ted is hoping for reconciliation, but when he returns from a hunting trip with the couple’s two adolescent daughters, he loses his temper one last time, shooting and killing Ann in their living room.

Acts of Love - Emily Listfield. It had been going on for years, this secret school of theirs: Julia grading Ali’s coloring books according to how well she stayed within the lines, Julia passing along inside information about teachers Ali would have and how best to work around them, Julia interpreting schoolyard events, the fiery vicissitudes of playground allegiances, Julia deciphering their parents’ arguments, which seeped through the.

From the acclaimed author of Waiting to Surface comes a chilling drama of suspense and passion

From the acclaimed author of Waiting to Surface comes a chilling drama of suspense and passion.

Listfield (Variations in the Night, 1987, et. sets her fourth novel in a suburb of Albany, NY, where a community . sets her fourth novel in a suburb of Albany, NY, where a community is torn over whether the death of Ann Waring, killed during a quarrel with her husband Ted when his hunting rifle discharged, was an accident or a murder. At the time of Ann's death, she and Ted were beginning to reconcile their differences even as they waited for divorce papers to go through. A pale reminder of Rosellen Brown's Before and After, this novel is as much about acts of survival as about acts of love, about the compulsions-lawful or otherwise-that drive desperate people.

Ann and Ted are estranged and living apart. Ted takes their two daughters, Julia and Ali, away for a hunting weekend and dreams of making things up with Ann. When he returns the girls to the house, they row instead.
Reviews about Acts of Love (3):
Mr_TrOlOlO
This is book is an easy read but disturbing and depressing I cannot recommend it. There is only one character in the entire book that I like. The rest of the characters have all done things that are horrible. Almost every character has an emotional or genetic problem. I think that the author would have been better off choosing one or two characters for you to root for.

By the end of Ted's trial, I just didn't care what happened to him, Julia his daughter or Sandy his sister-in law. I found them to be terrible lying characters. Even Ann the character that is shot has done things in her past that were dishonest.

I think that there are better books out there about dysfunctional families.
Alsantrius
"Acts of Love" opens with a short introduction to the characters: Julia & Ali (daughters), Ted (husband), Sandy (sister) and Ann (main character). Almost as soon as you've met these people, their world is thrown into upheaval after Ted returns from a weekend trip with his daugthers, gets into a fight with his wife, Ann, and she ends up shot in the head and dead.

Her eldest daughter, Julia, is 13 and is standing between 3 feet to 1.5 feet from Ted when the gun is fired. She claims Ted aimed and shot his wife while Ted claims that Julia jumped on him- to stop their arguing- causing the gun to misfire.

This story is filled with back stories and also present tense court hearings.
We are given a back story about Ann & Sandy's relationship with their parents and thier ideas of what marriage is supposed to feel like. Ann believes it to be about passion and love and the giving of oneself to another. Sandy believes that you should always keep yourself separate from someone else, to keep yourself whole on your own.

We learn how Ann & Ted met, what their relationship is like. We learn about the girls and their feelings toward their parents' separation a year prior to the "accident". We learn about many deep, dark secrets.

I liked the idea of the story. The delivery was a bit... wanting. I didn't care for the characters. Even the ones that I was rooting for in the beginning, I ended up not caring for in the end. Every single person was hiding something. I lost myself within the pages, trying to uncover who was telling the truth.

There isn't much showing of remorse. The only struggle is within Sandy, and it's almost non-related to the entire dramatic event itself.

There were chunks of the book that should have been left out completely. And as stated in a few other reviews, there was no one that I ended up LIKING by the end of the book. It's tough to love a book if you don't like any of the characters.

It was a good effort, and wasn't COMPLETELY bad. If you can struggle through it, it actually has a few redeeming qualities- hence the 3 star review.
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Most of the characters in this book have very few redeeming qualities. They are definitely a family in crisis. Ted Waring is the husband of Ann and the father of two girls, Julia and Ali. They have recently separated but Ted wants to come back to the home and start again with Ann. She, however, is beginning to move on with her life. In the midst of an argument a gun is fired and Ted is accused of murdering his wife, though he says it was an accident. Their daughter, Julia, however disagrees and says that her father did this on purpose.

The case goes to court and throughout the story each member of the family has their own say on how things were in the family and what probably happened.

I have to say that I did not particularly like any of the characters in this book. Everyone seemed to be keeping their own secrets and deceiving others in the process.

Not a great book in my opinion.

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