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READERJANE
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Re: Prologue and Part I (Ch. 1-4)

The observation about a family reaction to a  sudden health crisis is dead on. Pardon the play on words. Individual  relationships are tested in ways that the parties never saw coming. Anger is a normal part of the initial reaction, so I was not p it off by Audrey's anger. I was put off by her continual use of her anger. I had the feeling that she had been angry with Joel, her children and herself for a very long time anf this crisi gave her the perfect vehicle to vent it. This anger comes out all  through part 1. Audrey appears to be a person that never learned how to control her emotions.
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Re: Prologue and Part I (Ch. 1-4)


READERJANE wrote:
The observation about a family reaction to a  sudden health crisis is dead on. Pardon the play on words. Individual  relationships are tested in ways that the parties never saw coming. Anger is a normal part of the initial reaction, so I was not p it off by Audrey's anger. I was put off by her continual use of her anger. I had the feeling that she had been angry with Joel, her children and herself for a very long time anf this crisi gave her the perfect vehicle to vent it. This anger comes out all  through part 1. Audrey appears to be a person that never learned how to control her emotions.

Definitely! Although I do get the sense that venting her anger is a rather common occurrence for her, not limited to the wake of Joel's health crisis.

 

She seems like she suppresses any emotions that hint at weakness and so it all comes out as a jumble of anger. It's the only emotion she knows how to express! It should be intersting to see if any cracks appear in the facade as the story progresses.

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Re: Prologue and Part I (Ch. 1-4)


KxBurns wrote:

READERJANE wrote:
The observation about a family reaction to a  sudden health crisis is dead on. Pardon the play on words. Individual  relationships are tested in ways that the parties never saw coming. Anger is a normal part of the initial reaction, so I was not p it off by Audrey's anger. I was put off by her continual use of her anger. I had the feeling that she had been angry with Joel, her children and herself for a very long time anf this crisi gave her the perfect vehicle to vent it. This anger comes out all  through part 1. Audrey appears to be a person that never learned how to control her emotions.

Definitely! Although I do get the sense that venting her anger is a rather common occurrence for her, not limited to the wake of Joel's health crisis.

 

She seems like she suppresses any emotions that hint at weakness and so it all comes out as a jumble of anger. It's the only emotion she knows how to express! It should be intersting to see if any cracks appear in the facade as the story progresses.


 

I agree with you both.  And yes, it appears that Audrey is not capable of showing any emotion other than anger.  It may turn out that she is using anger as a defense mechanism.  We will have to see how she copes as the story goes on. 
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Re: Prologue and Part I (Chi. 1-4)

Audrey irritates me to death. I think she needs to learn some compassion for her own flesh and blood. I'm wondering why she's hiding behind her tough act. She obviously has feelings since she's so upset about her "new addition" to their family. I am very interested in seeing how things end up. Ms Heller has certainly held my interest with her unusual characters and storyline.
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Re: Prologue and Part I (Ch. 1-4)

Joel remains the same pompous jerk (of course once in a coma, he is delightful)

 

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Re: Prologue and Part I (Ch. 1-4)

The conflicts in the family are many, and all seem to have roots with Audrey. She seems to thrive on the conflict that is around here, while appearing to be bothered by it.

 

I agree that Audrey is part of the problem, but I think Joel is equally, if not more, responsible.  His opinions are so fixed and overpowering that it would be a challenge to grow up under his shadow and develop the courage to think independently.   

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Re: Prologue and Part I (Ch. 1-4)

Hello Everyone!

 

Sorry for the late reply but I just got my book on Friday.  So far, I really enjoy the book and find Joel & Audrey quite interesting.  I was surprised that the characters started their life the way they did in 1962.  But I believe from what I have read so far, both individuals defy the normal characters for that time frame.

 

Audrey has a very hard personality, but she also does not stammer around her words wishing she could or would have said something.  However, in the same breath, she does not appear to have the wisdom to use common sense when she addresses certain situations or people.

 

I find Joel an interesting character regarding his law career and his beliefs in order to defend his clients.