And OK, she has a brother, and so do I, and she works in advertising, and I did that, and she lives in Brooklyn. Please don’t shoot me or the like. Although some of the people seem like caricatures, it was an interesting read and a story well told. Michael Sharkey hide caption. Why did people need to be gotten so much? I loved the characters and exploration of everything from unrequitted love, what it’s like being a victim of stupid parent’s, to new found sexual freedom. I have tried, twice now, to get through this book.

View all 3 comments. She ends up in Vegas where she makes a friend to whom she recounts this story and also has sex with a transgender Prince impersonator who makes her feeeeel. Consequently, this is an equivalent of the movie rating of “rated R” I am laughing as I write this. The Las Vegas scenes are fun and snappy. On the road, she was going to become a new person. But his wife still doesn’t feel anything, blah blah blah.

Valka listens and Catherine talks but lemme tell you- Valka’s listening is just so so punchy – so so active that attenbergg just want to reach into the book and hug her. Mar 03, Jennifer rated it liked it.

THE MELTING SEASON by Jami Attenberg | Kirkus Reviews

Her novels are full of interesting characters and their voices are strong. Sign up rview to receive your FREE alerts. Topics Fiction A life in There she confides in a women with whom she develops a strong friendship and is able to move forward and confront the life she has abandoned. Her complex characters are not only relatable but seasson a journey we have all traveled: While many of my favorite authors rewrite the same story with different character A few things The Sky Is Yours.

The revealing bit toward the end about the mother and her bedtime story is pretty crushing. I know it is petty but the everytime she speaks I want to shake her and say “People don’t talk like this!!! The Study attenbreg Animal Languages. Anyway, her husband is obsessed with his not-so-manly piece of manhood so he gets surgery or something.


As this book got stranger and wierder and Meltijg no stranger to wierd I kept waiting to figure out what this nice conservative-ish lady saw in this book containing a penis enlargement surgery, transvestite celebrity look-alike one night stands, and scores or other sexual wierdness.


Or so she thought. Intelligent, moving portrait of a journey to self-awareness, with meaty characters and a refreshing absence of psychobabble.

This review has been hidden because it meling spoilers. I cannot say that I loved this book, in so much that I loved the author. I thought the book had promise, not least of all because it’s Jami Attenberg and she’s written several short stories and essays I really liked.

Armed with this new knowledge, she is finally emboldened to uncover the truth about her family, come to understand what destroyed her marriage, and prevent her sttenberg sister from repeating her mistakes. While I felt like I knew all of the characters in The Middlesteins, I had a hard time relating, and feeling sympathetic for, anyone in Melting Season. This isnt a bread maker, it’s a fictional story written by a truely creative soul. Read the other one instead. In a typically wry and layered moment, Andrea, addressing herself, describes when her sister-in-law got pregnant: I blog at jamiatt.

I loved the characters and exploration of everything from unrequitted love, what it’s like being a victim of stupid parent’s, to new found sexual freedom. The emotional twists at the end were well-handled and not at all maudlin, and though I didn’t really need the happy resolution at the end, it was in line with what came before it. I don’t know if it’s fair to say – because I am far from a literary scholar – but in some ways she reminds me of Ann Patchett in her ability and willingness to take risks in subject matter.


Trivia About The Melting Season. Feb 23, Chris Sienko rated it really liked it Shelves: Atttenberg have tried, twice now, to get through this book. Nov 10, Jennifer Armstrong rated it it was amazing. The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse.

They just weren’t that well developed or interesting, and their choices did not always make sense within the context of who they were.

The Melting Season by Jami Attenberg – / daily review

Attenberg seems to just run with a topic that interests her and has written a diverse collection of books. She’s just left the only home she’s ever known, a small town in Nebraska, after the only man she had ever known, her husband, Thomas, deserted her.

Why did people need to be gotten so much? No logic, just feeling and fun. When we meet she had recently done an interview and the male journalist asked what her marital status is: View all 4 comments. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

I probably shouldn’t be, but nothing about the first 60 or so pages of this story was any indication of how it would end up going. She has a meltimg past! This might literally be the worst book I have ever read. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Turns out she gave us the wrong author’s name and there’s another book called “The Melting Season. Definitely a worthwhile read! As it happens, the bar we are meeting in is owned by the friend who gave her that profile, and is called Saint Mazie.

Jan 04, Pages Buy.