Good-Bye and Amen

by Beth Gutcheon | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780060539078 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 7/16/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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In a summer cottage on the coast of Maine, an unlikely love was nurtured, a marriage endured, and a family survived. Now it is time for the children of that marriage to make peace with the wounds and the treasures left to them. And to sort out which is which.Beth Gutcheon's critically acclaimed family saga, Leeway Cottage, was a major achievement: a vivid and moving tale of war and marriage and their consequences that enchanted readers. Good-bye and Amen is the next chapter for the family of …+ read more

In a summer cottage on the coast of Maine, an unlikely love was nurtured, a marriage endured, and a family survived. Now it is time for the children of that marriage to make peace with the wounds and the treasures left to them. And to sort out which is which.

Beth Gutcheon's critically acclaimed family saga, Leeway Cottage, was a major achievement: a vivid and moving tale of war and marriage and their consequences that enchanted readers. Good-bye and Amen is the next chapter for the family of Leeway Cottage, the story of what happens when those most powerful people in any family drama, the parents, have left the stage.

The complicated marriage of the gifted Danish pianist Laurus Moss to the provincial American child of privilege Sydney Brant was a mystery to many who knew them, including their three children. Now, Eleanor, Monica, and Jimmy Moss have to decide how to divide or share what Laurus and Sydney have left them without losing one another.

Secure and cheerful Eleanor, the oldest, wants little for herself but much for her children. Monica, the least-loved middle child, brings her youthful scars to the table, as well as the baggage of a difficult marriage to the charismatic Norman, who left a brilliant legal career, though not his ambition, to become an Episcopal priest. Youngest and best-loved Jimmy, who made a train wreck of his young adulthood, has returned after a long period of alienation from the family surprisingly intact, but extremely hard for his sisters to read.

Having lived through childhoods both materially blessed and emotionally difficult, with a father who could seem uninvolved and a mother who loved a good family game of “let's you and him fight,” the Mosses have formed strong adult bonds that none of them wants to damage. But it's difficult to divide a beloved summer house three ways and keep it too. They all know what's at stake—in a world of atomized families, a house like Leeway Cottage can be the glue that keeps generations of cousins and grandchildren deeply connected to one another. But knowing it's important doesn't make it easy

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, July 20, 2008
When both parents die how does a family divide up the family heirlooms without causing irreparable rifts? Good-Bye and Amen is a book about just that.

Laurus Moss was a Danish Concert pianist married to privileged Sydney Brant. Sydney loved to cause dissension among her three children (Eleanor, Monica and Jimmy). Even beyond the grave she attempts to cause fights by holding a lottery for her possessions.

Eleanor is the oldest child. A traditionalist who has a nice stable and secure life married to Bobbie. She wants things for her children.

Monica is the middle forgotten child. Sydney had never really helped Monica when Monica needed her and now everything seems to be dissolving right before her eyes. Monica married the charismatic Norman, a lawyer turned Episcopal priest. Norman also takes Monica for granted and just seems to think she is invisible. He is one of those types who seem to think woman are there to serve them and the world revolves around themselves. He has moved from parish to parish trying to move up the ladder to bishop.

Jimmy is the youngest. He had a difficult adolescence and had alienated himself from the family but has found his way back. His style of living in more carefree than the rest of the family.

The book is written from the perspective of each individual character. At first I had difficulty keeping them all straight and wished I had turned to the back of the book where they are all outlined. This book is so detailed in character development it almost reads like a non-fiction memoir.

I enjoyed the book and can only hope when my siblings and I are in the same circumstances we do as well as the characters in this book

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing at Oakville, Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 10, 2008

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Journal Entry 4 by chronicbooker3 from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thanks Ace. I enjoy this author's writing.

Journal Entry 5 by chronicbooker3 from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Friday, February 20, 2009
Another good read by Beth Gutcheon. I really enjoyed how the story was told through each different character's point of view. As usual I had my favorites, but oh how the ones I dislike keep the story interesting. I found this story started off as a weekend to divide possessions between siblings but quickly changed to the main characters remembering bits and pieces of their youth. Definitely worth the read regardless of what the main theme of the story was. Though this is a book that follows Leeway Cottage I was able to follow along very easily and now I will be looking for Leeway Cottage.

Journal Entry 6 by chronicbooker3 at Second Cup - Lakeshore at Navy in Oakville, Ontario Canada on Sunday, December 12, 2010

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I really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and how they interacted with each other over an often hard reality of life.

I will leave this on the back window ledge if no-one takes it from the meet-up today.

Journal Entry 7 by meljean at Oakville, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
hoping to read in 2011

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