Everyday People Paperback – 6 Jul 2017
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He is a writer who reaches out, both making and bridging worlds. . . . The novel is like a neighbourhood, with chapters about various characters set side by side like so many doors on the same street. * New York Times Book Review * A sad and haunting novel . . . The struggles of the Tolbert family, with love and obligation, with hope and the end of hope, give shape to a plot that does not wholly unspool until the last sentence-about the most dramatic and poignant I have ever read. * Atlantic Monthly * With wit, tenderness, and empathy Stewart O'Nan renders a detailed portrait of life that's more than just a description of hard knocks against the backdrop of urban blight. . . A unique and tantalising novel that celebrates the lives of everyday people in an extraordinary way. * San Francisco Chronicle * Reading this novel will reward you with a profound, sobering realisation of the differences that exist between us while insisting nonetheless that we share a profound sameness. O'Nan accomplishes a rare thing, for he has us mourn a common loss. . . .Everyday People aims at restoring to the sufferer and the victim . . . their full and due humanity. . . . It is not a thing easily done. But Stewart O'Nan has pulled it off in beautiful, heartbreaking, haunting fashion. * Chicago Tribune *
Stewart O'Nan's critically acclaimed novel Everyday People zeroes in on one family in an African-American Pittsburgh neighbourhood during a fateful week in 1998.See all Product description
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O'Nan is one of my favorite authors and it says a lot for him that he can write about anything in the world and make you believe he has lived that life or walked in those shoes. His talent is his knowledge and understanding of people.
In EVERYDAY PEOPLE O'Nan introduces us to the people in East Liberty. These people try to do their best while living in poverty, dealing with gangs, violence, crime. Now to make everything worse, their neighborhood is being isolated from the rest of the community with the opening of a new expressway.
We are introduced to the Tolbert family. Their son Crest has been horribly injured, their other son just released from prison, and to top things off, parents Jackie and Harold's marriage is rocky. Add to their family a mix of neighbors and friends who live in East Liberty and you meet a colorful blend of folks, complete with all life has to throw in their paths. Believe me, these people make the best of bad situations.
Fences try to be mended, marriages are tested, babies born, murders, crime, jobs lost, relationships, the loss of loved ones -- you know, everyday people just like you and me. But thrown into the mix is the hardship of tough living in a world where no one seemingly seems to care.
While not my favorite O'Nan books, this one is with its merits and I truly enjoyed living in this Pennsylvania neighborhood, The people are solid and caring, their life situations hard, but hope abounds. If you enjoy character novels that will give you plenty to think about and to be thankful for, this is a book you would enjoy. I love O'Nan's books and his writing diversity.