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  • By Gretchen Lee Bourquin
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Reviews for the first edition" No Sensible People: A Must Read! [ No Rating ] 20 Aug 2008 (updated 21 Aug 2008) by Rhetta Akamatsu It's hard for me to believe that No Sensible People is a first novel. The story is so true and believable from the very first page that it seems it should be the work of a seasoned veteran. Not only that, but this novel is written from the viewpoints of three different characters who write various chapters, beginning with nine-year-old Jennie, but also told by her Aunt Lucy and her best friend, a man in his mid-twenties who has been like another parent to her and whose name is Denny, but who she calls Taffy. And every single one of the voices sounds distinct and true, an amazing feat. A tragic event that occurred before Jennie was born has set a disastrous series of events in motion, and as the book begins another tragic event, the accidental death of Jennie's father, begins another chain that will bring great changes to the lives of our three... More > main characters. Jennie's mother, already on the borderline of sanity, tips over at the death of her husband and kills herself, and Jennie is forced to go live with her Aunt Lucy, who she's never met before. Lucy has her own dark secrets and a marraige that is on the verge of falling apart, but she is determined to do her best for Jennie. And Taffy is also very much involved in Jennie's life. But the past between Aunt Lucy and Taffy keeps interfering with the present and unless secrets are revealed and closure granted, no one is going to be able to find any stability. Ms. Bourquin paints a picture of damaged but smart, decent, loving people all trying to make everything all work out, and makes you care about these people intensely. Jennie, Lucy, Taffy, and even Aunt Lucie's husband Frank, Taffy's sister Susie, and Frank's gay brother, Stuart, are all fully defined characters that I will remember for a long time. I can't recommend No Sensible People highly enough. You will not be disappointed in this sensitive and deeply moving story. I hope to have the opportunity to read much more of Gretchen's work in the future. [ Reply ] No Sensible People 14 Aug 2008 (updated 14 Aug 2008) by lakeya mitchell Excellently written, brilliant story! I only read an excerpt, but this writer is a true, gifted writer! With so many celebrities writing books that are becoming best sellers just because of who the celebrity is, it is refreshing to know that there are still true writers out there who are ahead of the game. If this book is not a best seller at some point, that just goes to prove that the country has lost some of its marbles, or at least its taste in great literature! [ Reply ] 5 Jul 2008 by William Young A great story. The way the writer tells the story from the point of view of a nine year old in the beginning of the book gives a real sense that its a young girl telling her story. This show the real talent this author has. [ Reply ]< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9780557023189
Edition
Second Edition
Publisher
Gretchen Lee Bourquin
Published
November 21, 2008
Language
English
Pages
189
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.74 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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