The Art of Mending

The Art of Mending

A Novel

Book - 2004
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It begins with the sudden revelation of astonishing secrets--secrets that have shaped the personalities and fates of three siblings, and now threaten to tear them apart. In renowned author Elizabeth Berg's moving new novel, unearthed truths force one seemingly ordinary family to reexamine their disparate lives and to ask themselves: Is it too late to mend the hurts of the past? Laura Bartone anticipates her annual family reunion in Minnesota with a mixture of excitement and wariness. Yet this year's gathering will prove to be much more trying than either she or her siblings imagined. As soon as she arrives, Laura realizes that something is not right with her sister. Forever wrapped up in events of long ago, Caroline is the family's restless black sheep. When Caroline confronts Laura and their brother, Steve, with devastating allegations about their mother, the three have a difficult time reconciling their varying experiences in the same house. But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness. Readers have come to love Elizabeth Berg for the "lucent beauty of [her] prose, the verity of her insights, and the tenderness of her regard for her fellow human" (Booklist). InThe Art of Mending, her most profound and emotionally satisfying novel to date, she confronts some of the deepest mysteries of life, as she explores how even the largest sins can be forgiven by the smallest gestures, and how grace can come to many through the trials of one.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400061594
Branch Call Number: FICTION Berg Elizabet 2004
Characteristics: 237 p. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 15, 2018

The Art of Mending has family crisis as its theme. It is NOT simplistic, overly dramatic and emotionally manipulative unlike books written by popular authors like Jodi Picoult. Rather it is subtle, nuanced and the characters feel real. I will definitely look for more books by this author.

BugLady1 Mar 31, 2012

Ok book, but have read better by Elizabeth Berg. Kept waiting to get to the point throughout the book. Was disappointed that when the story finally got to where it was going, the details fell short and it ended too abruptly.

Jan 09, 2010

I have never been disappointed by any book written by Anita Berg.

Even though these are fiction, one tends to recognise all her situations as real life matters.

If it hasn't happended to you, it has happened to someone close to you.

Aug 15, 2008

I like Berg as a writer. She is easy going, provides a good narrative and good insight. A good read.

Aug 27, 2004

Laura looks forward to traveling back to her hometown with her family every year to experience the old fashioned fun of the Fair. Her brother and sister will also be there to enjoy the fair and more importantly the camaraderie of their extended family. However, this year at the fair will bring about many changes in their relationships and their perception of their family. Ties that bind are tested to their very core. Elizabeth Berg once again brings a family situation into sharp focus.


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