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Open Arms

Open Arms

Book - 2001
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Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2001
ISBN: 9781550548402
1550548409
Branch Call Number: c823 E56o
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Characteristics: 248 pages ; 22 cm

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andreareads
Dec 13, 2020

From what I’ve heard about Doreen’s father, I would have liked him a lot more than I like her. But stories about people are deceptive. Patrick would sound quite interesting too, if you heard stories about him. He sounds fascinating when he tells you them himself.

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andreareads
Dec 13, 2020

When I was in Grade 6 I had to write an essay at school on trees, and I wrote about pine trees. _We should be grateful to the towering pine which keeps its verdant green all through the year_, I wrote. My teacher sent my essay home with a note on it to say I’d copied it from a book, and my grandmother went down to the school the next morning and tore a strip off her. It was _verdant_ that made it sound copied. It also sounded pretentious, of course, but nobody mentioned that. This was before I got sent to the Nova Scotia Ladies’ Academy, where if nothing else the teachers can distinguish between plagiarism and pomposity.

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andreareads
Dec 13, 2020

Doreen and Patrick are not married. Apparently he told her he’d had enough of marriage. Katherine and Isabel, having been married to him, could probably have said the same thing.

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andreareads
Dec 13, 2020

She’d been being kind, trying to get something through to me, but she must have seen herself reflected in my pupils, the way you do, or in my expression.
She picked up her coffee cup again and opened the back door.
“I’m going to run my life differently,” I yelled at her. “I won’t be like you!”
She looked back. She was furious, glittering. It was the cream of the joke. “You’re going to be just like me,” she said. Then she pitched the cup out onto the concrete walk. It smashed, coffee underneath the splinters, and she walked out the door, down the steps, right through the smashed cup.

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andreareads
Dec 13, 2020

I felt like my grandmother when she’s pursy-mouthed. I hate that. So I said, “Yes! Yes, I am thrilled, it’s wonderful, everything is wonderful, okay?” I said it right, though. I left the sarcastic part inside my mouth.

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andreareads
Dec 13, 2020

Someone who's irrationally jealous and mean with it, who blames you for his mistakes and who thinks you and your fellow theatre professionals are inherently immoral is not suddenly going to make a good partner. If the moral of the story is that parents who mess up their relationships raise children who mess up their relationships, point made, but don't wrap it up and put a happy, dysfunctional bow on it.

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