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Without being sanguine or corny Monica Wood writes this series of interrelated shorts stories with heart and intelligence. You see people as "characters" in other people's stories and then you often get to see the world through their eyes as well. This book gave me hope in humans and sent me to buy two of her other books.
I bought this book on a Kindle special and found it well worth the read. It was sad, amusing, funny, entertaining, and interesting. I enjoyed the characters, and could relate with them. The plant I worked at closed after I worked there 23 years; I saw the frustration in myself and fellow workers that I saw in the book. The characters were so real. I loved the book
I loved the intertwining stories of people in a small town during a strike. I loved Ernie's enthusiasm building his ark for his dying wife and their love. I enjoyed every character and their stories with their hopes, dreams, and realities. It was sad, hopeful, and true to life.
I really enjoy reading Monica Wood's books. My favorite so far is When We Were the Kennedy's. Having grown up in that same time frame and now living in Maine it a wonderful read. Ernie's Ark is also a great read. Each chapter took on the persona of the person that was speaking.
I am halfway through this little book and I already know it's going to be one of my bookshelf favorites. Everything about it just works, including the structure of interconnected stories. Subtle, quiet, haunting; the characters will stay with me, I'm sure, for a long time.
I loved this book. A story with characters facing real issues. Some with grace, others not so much. Ernie's ark is such a grand gesture of love. Sometimes actions of others seem crazy, but when you can see their heart and motives, you understand perfectly.
Ernie is a man in crisis. He is nearing retirement. His union in on strike. His beloved wife is dying. Rather than give in to despair, he decides to build a gigantic work of art on his front yard because his wife is an art lover. In the skillful hands of this consummate storyteller, we see simplicity and complexity, despair and hope in the everyday life of Everyman.
I love the way the author intertwines the people in the short stories. This was a book that was hard to put down. Each story stood on it's own, but I'd be anxious to start the next story to see which character(s) were going to be in it.