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Places to Stay the Night [Paperback]

Ann Hood

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  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reprint edition (Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055337379X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553373790
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,448,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While dissatisfied Libby Harper abandons her husband, her two children, and the town of Holly for something better, frenetic New Yorker Renata Handy returns to Holly to heal her ill child.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 12 Feb 2001
By gloria - Published on
Places To Stay The Night is the story of the several residents of a small town in Massachusetts. Renata, who escaped her small town for New York just after high school, returns to her hometown in search of a miracle cure (in the form of clean air and quiet living) for her terminally ill child. The reader is introduced to Renata's former school mates, none of which have faired any better than Renata. The story was written with such insight and compassion. I recommend it highly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging 2 Dec 2010
By PWJ - Published on
This is my first Ann Hood novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story has enough plot to move you along, but her strength, I think, is in her characterizations. She seems to be able to see through many eyes, giving the novel many protagonists. So often I hear readers complain that they didn't like a book because they "just didn't care about the characters." Hood's characters are likeable, maybe especially so since they are presented in such a balanced, realistic way. There's nothing profound in her writing, but there is much that feels wise.

I'll read more of her novels after this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grittily Realistic 15 Dec 2007
By Yiayia Janet - Published on
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The character development rang true to me. Having worked in a high school and seen how cliques operate I thought Hood's characters were true to form. This is not a book for those who enjoy glitter and glitz. If you enjoy reading about real people and their behavior I believe you will like this book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ann Hood's Fifth Book 12 April 2013
By Martha Reynolds - Published on
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Not my favorite. Billed as her "big book" and a "breakthrough," I found some of it difficult to get through. While Hood always tells a good story, I just found this one to be not as engaging as some of her others. The character of Renata Handy was the most sympathetic, in my opinion, but I didn't really like the others.
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad and angry 5 Aug 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
This novel left me sad and angry. As the publishers weekly review reports, the author's messages are garbled, no doubt because she hadn't thought them through. The characterizations are at times brilliant; consider the lovely ordinary good looking rural hick jock hero Tom Harper, "Harp" who loves maps, travels the world and returns home once he understands how all the dots are connected by lines. Or his narcissistic ice queen of a wife, Libby, who also loves maps, but for just the opposite reason - that they point to other places and the lines take her from where she is to them: anywhere but here. But the novel fails its primary test: everyone comes up against challenges, no one learns anything. Why does the castrated Tom takes his ice-queen wife back after she has neglected the children throughout their lives and then abandoned them - so that they can move into a ticky tock little condo with wall to wall carpeting at the edge of their nowhere town? He was the one with the vision of the real house, the real family. This novel presents a cynical take on the "reality" of interpersonal life. And as other reviewers have noted, there is simply too much sex - everyone is screwing around like bunnies, and whether good or bad, it don't mean a thing even when it does have that swing.
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