Family of Origin E–book/E–pub

  • Hardcover
  • 287
  • Family of Origin
  • C.J. Hauser
  • English
  • 01 January 2018
  • 9780385544627

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C.J. Hauser ô 2 Read & download Free read à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ô C.J. Hauser Family of Origin Download ¼ 102 Proves they say that evolution is running in reverse and humanity's best days are behind us On an island that is always looking backward it's impossible for the siblings to ignore their past Stuck together in the close uarters of their island stilt house and provoked by the absurd antics of the remaining Reversalists years of family secrecy and blame between Elsa and Nolan threaten to ruin them all over again As the Greys urgently trek the island to find the so called Paradise Duck their father's final obsession they begin to fear that they were their father's fi. What first drew me to this book When I saw it at an indie bookstore the jacket was face out displaying the frilly butt of a diving duck Score This could be right up my science and nature loving alley I thought Then I saw the word family was in the title Score This could be right up my character driven emotion loving alley I thought And then I read the jacket copy which describes the father s study of the undowny bufflehead a rare sea duck whose loss of waterproof feathers proves that evolution is running in reverse and humanity s best days are behind us That was all it took The father s scientific study is a framework in the book that mirrors not only humanity s actions and possible fate but also the trajectory of the two main characters Elsa and NolanThis novel is filled with whip smart writing deep emotion and a sprinkling of perfectly placed humor To those who are Millennials or to those who give Millennials a bad rap there is much to chuckle over in this book that tackles family dysfunction and environmental issues with a light touchA conversation between Boomer aged scientists and Millennial aged tree hugging geniuses takes place the Boomers don t want the millennials on their research island Most of the Reversalists research had started not with the ducks but with their abiding sense that something had gone unstoppably wrong with the world and that the generation of young people rising up were the cause of it At best the millennials were stupid lazy entitled narcissists who could not be trusted At worst Mick and Jim and the whole of their generation were an evolutionary step backwards for humanity Millennials didn t take anything seriouslyIn response Jim and Mick Like your old asses aren t the ones who ucked everything up in the first place Jim saidLike you all weren t smoking cigarettes and building SUVs and making bubble after bubble and destroying the world economy Mick saidLike you guys aren t the ones who clearcut forests and removed mountaintops and drilled and drilled Jim saidI laughed aloud at these exchanges And on it goes It should be noted however that this book isn t a self righteous environmental book While it draws light to these topics with light brushstrokes and often humor this really is a book focused almost entirely on a brother and sister their family and their journeys of acceptance of themselves and their places in the worldThis is one of those books that is so well written through action in particular it is the mannerisms the familiarity between characters and their actions and the things not said that make it so believable As the book jacket reads the book speaks to a generation s uncertainties Is it possible to live in our broken world with both scientific pragmatism and hope What does one generation owe another Family of Origin grapples with uestions of nature and nurture evolution and mating intimacy and betrayal progress and forgiveness What an interesting smart literary novel with lots of symbolic layers and metaphors and an intelligent structure that often goes in reverse and then forward in support of the theme So glad the book jacket grabbed me in the book store Loved this one

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C.J. Hauser ô 2 Read & download Free read à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ô C.J. Hauser Family of Origin Download ¼ 102 When Nolan Grey receives news that his father a once prominent biologist has drowned off Leap's Island he calls on Elsa his estranged older half sister to help pick up the pieces This despite the fact that it was he and Elsa who broke the family in the first place The Greys have been avoiding each other for a dozen years Elsa and Nolan travel to their father's field station a wild and isolated spot off the Gulf Coast Here their father's fatalistic colleagues the Reversalists obsessively study the undowny bufflehead a rare sea duck whose loss of waterproof feathers. How could you NOT love a novel in which you find this sentence The past is no reason not to have sandwichesAm I rightFamily of Origin by CJ Hauser is about love and its evolution and extinction its adaptation to its environment and the challenges with which it is facedElsa Grey and her younger and estranged brother Nolan travel to Leap s Island an isolated community of mostly disgraced or discredited scientists who are dedicating themselves to the study of a particular duck the undowny bufflehead which seems to be experiencing reverse evolution a regression they posit is a harbinger for the entire planet earth in particular the human race Elsa and Nolan s father was one of those scientists but he has drowned and the siblings travel to the island to retrieve his belongingsBut Nolan has other uests to do with the Greys fractured family past as agenda while Elsa wishes at first to avoid and deny that same history to get on with and over with the island chore and return to her obsession escaping her teaching career and being among the first one hundred people to colonize Mars a position for which she needs soon to travel abroad for the next set of interviewsThe novel starts with the Greys meeting on Watch Landing from which they ll take the once weekly boat to Leap s Island Then we go back twenty five years to their first meeting as children step siblings when Elsa left Nolan in an abandoned well We re then back on the island in the present Then one week back in San Francisco with Nolan and his girlfriend Then the island present Then one week back with Elsa and her current life Then the island Then you get the picture It feels as if an awful lot of novels of late are written with this back and forth structure and it often feels as if an editor has said to the author Hmmm your story lacks a compelling sense of propulsion no tension how about you rearrange the timeline start with the near ending and jump all over in time eking out bits of the backstoryHowever in Family of Origin the concatenation of details from the family s histories works perfectly It feels organic and just exactly right for this story in which both Elsa and Nolan in their week on the island and shortly thereafter also deal piece by piece with histories they may have re written misunderstood forgotten made huge unto crippling The leaps are handled by CJ Hauser with great aplomb and skillAlso handled with much grace the lack of uotation marks Dear god people what is this no uotation marks trend happening Perhaps likely even I am too simple a mind to grasp the artistic literary fictive purpose of dropping uotation marks after centuries of them being put to perfectly good use in writing to clarify what the heck is going on and who s talking about it Can someone brainier let me know why this absence of speech indicators seems to be happening with increasing freuencyI know I m always carping about something a while back it was the INCESSANT use of forms of the word THRUM in EVERY SINGLE DAMN THING I READDon t get me wrong it didn t bother me in this novel CJ Hauser has skills But in many most cases I think it muddies the waters and I am always suspicious when a novelist deviates from straightforward novel ing that they or their editor hasn t faith enough in the story itself and so resort to gimmickry Not the case here Let me say again CJ Hauser has mad skills as writer and story tellerA few examples of sentences or paragraphs that GOT meThis paragraph on the first page before we ve actually met Elsa and Nolan They were fondlers of old grudges and conjurers of childhood Band Aid smells They were rescripters of ancient fights and relitigators of the past They were scab pickers and dead horse beaters and wallowers of the first orderNow THAT is a paragraph that tells you nearly everything you need to know about what kind of family the Greys are yes And maybe for you as for me rings uncomfortably close to how one s own family isAnd for whom doesn t this next one ring true Again Nolan wished there was some adult adult whose job this could beThat s gorgeous And the coining of adult adult sort of glorious And this when Elsa s lover removes her hand from his crotch and holds it instead Holding hands instead That s what things were like with Dylan He understood that sometimes when Elsa thought she wanted sex what she really wanted was something else much smaller He knew that she was afraid to ask for small things like this because the need in them did not seem big enough to draw attention That she was afraid her small needs would go unnoticed and so she made plays at bigger ones insteadRead it out loud just the rhythm of the words the way in which the paragraph starts with those three words Holding hands instead Bravely wrought as a complete sentence a sentence the follow up to which could go almost anywhere but in fact in another short burst no judgment the holding hands instead isn t good or bad it just is how things are with Dylan who it is clear knows Elsa better than she knows herself And how appropriate to the character Elsa s mind Elsa s heart that so many of these sentences are actually fragments Not whole Thought pieces Much left to interpretationIt is a beautiful thing when an author tells the reader about a character not just through description and action but too with the shape of the sentences the syntax and forms used to give us the heart and essence of the characterHere s another about Elsa which moved me to tears Elsa is thinking about how she and her mother are the only people left who know Nolan intimately closely NOTE My mother died recently and I have been struggling with who I am without her who I am without the someone who knew me closest from the moment I was born So fair to tell you that The intimacy came with a responsibility and as she considered this she felt as if she d lost a game of hot potato Because being there for Nolan was not her job It couldn t be After all she d been redacted from Nolan s history a long time ago Elsa s whole life she felt was a series of events in which she d been redacted from the lives of people she d been tricked into loving Kicked out of stories she d been stupid enough to think were her ownIf paragraphs were plays in a theatre I d be on my feet cheering and weeping for that one First of all close third is tricky sometimes the omniscient narrator can be overbearing and too informed In this case though CJ Hauser s careful placement of ualifiers as she considered this and she felt as if and she felt which let us know these are Elsa s opinions we are inside her psyche and her feelings and considerations are not necessarily the truth of her life but rather the symptoms of her sorrow The word choices redacted tricked kicked with their percussive k sounds and placement make the paragraph near poetry Its sounds convey the harsh hurt heart that beats in ElsaLike I said skills Mad writing skillsI read Family of Origin very uickly When interrupted I was annoyed and couldn t wait to get back to it And while the characters are not in most cases seemingly sympathetic somehow CJ Hauser manages to evoke in the reader a sense of connection and recognition Ahhh they re fallible humans like meThis is a moving emotionally loaded journey which can be read as a brother sister parent story on its surface but is about so much and so relevant now being about a world in which evolving and moving forward may seem to reuire destroying the past and where growth may seem at first to be destruction and where evolution and devolution are often simultaneous and their outcome dependent upon one s reaction to themLoved it Great read Thought provoking Well edited and proof read what a relief because lately argh And a HIGH recommendSPOILER DO NOT READ FURTHER IF PLOT SURPRISES ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUCaveat I cannot help but wonder if the genders of Elsa and Nolan had been reversed and an older brother just turned 20 had done to a younger sister 14 what this older sister did to a younger brother if it would have read as sympathetically as it did

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C.J. Hauser ô 2 Read & download Free read à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ô C.J. Hauser Family of Origin Download ¼ 102 Rst evidence that the future held no hope In the irreverent and exuberant spirit of Kevin Wilson Alissa Nutting and Karen Russell CJ Hauser speaks to a generation's uncertainties Is it possible to live in our broken world with both scientific pragmatism and hope What does one generation owe another How do we know which parts of the past and ourselves to jettison and which to keep Delightfully funny fiercely original high spirited and warm Family of Origin grapples with uestions of nature and nurture evolution and mating intimacy and betrayal progress and forgivene. I hated this and finished it mostly so that I could authoritatively say I hated it Spoilers ahead As many others have said I loved Hauser s essay The Crane Wife in The Paris Review and immediately put this on hold to read The biggest issue for me is that there is a central plot point of sexual abuse that the story is ill euipped to handle and is unsure whether to even recognize as abuse However if the genders were reversed a 20 year old man having sex with a 14 year old girl much less one raised as his sister it would have been obvious and the story wouldn t have been written Additionally there was a repeated continuity error Elsa being less than six years older than Nolan and yet somehow their father left when she was six that grated The prose was beautiful and the ending was strangely moving But I couldn t get beyond the fact that the strangeness of the sibling relationship dares us to think something is wrong from the beginning and yet doesn t fully explore its wrongness I hope Nolan can find a good therapist in this fictional universe Poppy Pym and the Smugglers Secret Poppy Pym #3 no hope In the irreverent and exuberant spirit of Kevin Wilson Alissa Nutting and Karen Russell CJ Hauser speaks to a generation's uncertainties Is it possible to live in our broken world with both scientific pragmatism and hope What does one generation owe another How do we know which parts of the past and ourselves to jettison and which to keep Delightfully funny fiercely original high spirited and warm Family of Origin grapples with uestions of Retribution Knights of the Board Room #45 nature and 13th Century Russian Princes nurture evolution and mating intimacy and betrayal progress and forgivene. I hated this and finished it mostly so that I could authoritatively say I hated it Spoilers ahead As many others have said I loved Hauser s essay The Crane Wife in The Paris Review and immediately put this on hold to read The biggest issue for me is that there is a central plot point of sexual abuse that the story is ill euipped to handle and is unsure whether to even recognize as abuse However if the genders were reversed a 20 year old man having sex with a 14 year old girl much less one raised as his sister it would have been obvious and the story wouldn t have been written Additionally there was a repeated continuity error Elsa being less than six years older than Nolan and yet somehow their father left when she was six that grated The prose was beautiful and the ending was strangely moving But I couldn t get beyond the fact that the strangeness of the sibling relationship dares us to think something is wrong from the beginning and yet doesn t fully explore its wrongness I hope Nolan can find a good therapist in this fictional universe