Grace

Grace

eBook - 2012
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"Every family photograph hides a story. Some are suffused with warmth and joy, others reflect the dull ache of disappointed dreams. For thirteen-year-old Trevor Kennedy, taking photos helps make sense of his fractured world. His father, Kurt, struggles to keep a business going while also caring for Trevor's aging grandfather, whose hoarding has reached dangerous levels. Trevor's mother, Elisabeth, all but ignores her son while doting on his five-year-old sister, Gracy, and pilfering useless drugstore items. Trevor knows he can count on little Gracy's unconditional love and his art teacher's encouragement. None of that compensates for the bullying he has endured at school for as long as he can remember. But where Trevor once silently tolerated the jabs and name-calling, now anger surges through him in ways he's powerless to control. Only Crystal, a store clerk dealing with her own loss, sees the deep fissures in the Kennedy family - in the haunting photographs Trevor brings to be developed, and in the palpable distance between Elisabeth and her son. And as their lives become more intertwined, each will be pushed to the breaking point, with shattering, unforeseeable consequences."--Cover, p. [2].
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780758278159
0758278152
Characteristics: 1 online resource (398 p.)

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JCLCherylMY Mar 26, 2016

I am so glad I discovered the novels of T. Greenwood. Like Jodi Picoult, she has the ability to make me see every facet of every character, as they turn and twist the story, all their struggles and strengths highlighted. Grace is no exception: families in turmoil, pivotal choices, misunderstandings, and inner and outer lives changed thru crises and resolutions.

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lucky38
Sep 01, 2012

I liked novel very much. The lack of communication between the parents and the pre-teen boy was heart-breaking. There was also bullying going on at school that was ignored and the boy did not share with his parents. Both parents, especially the husband had mega problems. The 5/6 year old daughter was a happy spirit, and the mother appeared to love her more than she did her son. There is a teenage girl in the book who had a lot of emotional problems. There was a phrase in the book that mentioned grace be "unmerited favor". I thought that was what happened at the end of this book. Although the ending was a bit rushed I find that to be the case in a lot of books I read. I will recommend this book and read others by this author.

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pardeep84
Jul 22, 2012

Found the novel poorly structure and the ending was too rushed. I felt as if the author tried too hard to create conflict and story, while proving very little context to the events. Was also not happy with the ending, it just sort of ended!. The tittle also didn't reflect the conflict in the novel, the story seemed like it was more driven by Trevor and his mom, rather than the daughter Grace.

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