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A Scattered Life

A book by Karen McQuestion

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Herein lies a good novel

  • Sep 3, 2010
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This is a short, highly readable and engrossing novel about a free spirited woman who settles in a small town, with her methodical husband, her intrusive mother in law, and her irrepressible friend and neighbor. The story initially centers on her new friendship with her neighbor, but gradually comes to focus on the main character herself.

Plenty of things happen in this book, and although none of them are supernatural or extraordinary, the novel moved me and left me wanting more. It is a well written, carefully plotted work by a first time author with fantastic writing skills. She has been compared to Jodi Picoult, Anne Tyler and Alice Munro, and she is definitely in their league. Although it is a sad story, I recommend it to all readers looking for a bright new author, and a book that will draw them into its world.

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review by . August 19, 2010
It takes a special kind of book and even moreso a special kind of author to bring together men and women around the discussion table of a novel. Karen McQuestion's A SCATTERED LIFE does just that with its story of independence, family disfunction yet message of hope and ultimately freedom. The characters are developed enough to dance right off of the page in front of your eyes, causing them to enter your world and you to join theirs and see things through the eyes of a participant instead of just …
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Amazon Exclusive: Carolyn Parkhurst Reviews A Scattered Life

Carolyn Parkhurstis the author of the bestselling novelsThe Dogs of BabelandLost and Found, and recently published the acclaimed novelThe Nobodies Album. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two children. Read her exclusive guest review ofKaren McQuestion'sA Scattered Life:

A Scattered Life is the kind of novel you’ll want to recommend to a friend without quite knowing how: as soon as you begin to say what the book is "about," all of the possible descriptions seem either too small or too big for the story contained in those pages.

You might say, "It’s about friendship and family dynamics and the unexpected ways our actions influence the trajectories of other people’s lives." Or "It’s about a woman who’s doing her best to make the life she has into the life she wants to live." And it’s your 7th grade book report on The Red Pony all over again: your description isn’t inaccurate, but it doesn’t come close to conveying the book’s gravity and substance, the particular pleasure you get from immersing yourself in this novel, as opposed to any other.

So you might try getting more specific: "Okay, the main character is a woman named Skyla Plinka. She’s married and lives in the suburbs and has a little girl, and her life is all very ordered and predictable, which she likes, because her childhood was tough and she’s always craved stability. ...

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ISBN-10: 193559706X
ISBN-13: 978-1935597063
Author: Karen McQuestion
Publisher: AmazonEncore

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