Shambles: A Novel

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Shambles: A Novel

Shambles A Novel Eking out a living as a social worker in Port Town Texas Delia Arco works with teenagers as outcast as she was as well as a student intern convinced that Delia was sent to replace her murdered pare

  • Title: Shambles: A Novel
  • Author: Debra Monroe
  • ISBN: 9780870744860
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eking out a living as a social worker in Port Town, Texas, Delia Arco works with teenagers as outcast as she was, as well as a student intern convinced that Delia was sent to replace her murdered parents In this landscape dominated by rumors and refinery smoke, Delia negotiates uneasy, romantic liaisons with men who can t fathom her obsessive independence and struggles toEking out a living as a social worker in Port Town, Texas, Delia Arco works with teenagers as outcast as she was, as well as a student intern convinced that Delia was sent to replace her murdered parents In this landscape dominated by rumors and refinery smoke, Delia negotiates uneasy, romantic liaisons with men who can t fathom her obsessive independence and struggles to understand her long lost mother s seedy life and puzzling death Having been abandoned by her mother, Delia anguishes over raising her adopted daughter, Esme Delia s frantic love for her child terrifies and sustains her as she cobbles a new family from the ruins of the past.

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    1. Howard Cincotta on said:

      Delia Arco’s life may appear out of control, if not a shambles, but author Debra Monroe employs vivid, precisely controlled language in her portrait of Delia’s on-the-edge life as a social worker in ramshackle Port Town, Texas. This is a book of compelling characters and the vagaries of lower middle-class life, even if the narrative sometimes seems to meander.A decade or more ago, it was popular to deride such minimalist accounts of trailer-park, low-rent life as “Kmart fiction,” althoug [...]

    2. David Hicks on said:

      A wonderful book by one of my favorite writers. Its narrator, Delia Arco, is living a harried life, and Monroe adjusts her narration accordingly, with lots of interrupted scenes, narrative asides, characters entering and exiting, until the end, when everything crashes and we get a well-earned epiphany of sorts. It's all centered on Delia, and it's hard not to feel protective of her, silently hoping she won't marry the wrong guy or live in the wrong house or push away the wrong family member. A g [...]

    3. Graham Oliver on said:

      I loved Delia and Dannie and all the characters and the world so so much. Think some of the asides of Delia's inner voice were overdone, and also think the ending gave away too much. Lovely, quick, (frantic in some places!) read.There is some overlap between this and her memoir when it comes to the child, but I think it might have added to the experience.

    4. Richard McDonough on said:

      Two weeks away and still not sleeping properly, I hold Debra Monroe's newest for a clear headed day so I can read it in one sitting. I expect the same rush as I have experienced for her other fictions. Oh, boy!

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