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by Telemachus Press,Laurie Fuller,Lee Fullbright




More From Kirkus Reviews: "Raised in a crumbling New England mansion by four women with personalities as split as a cracked mirror, young Francis Grayson has an obsessive need to fix them all. There's his mother, distant and beautiful Magdalene; his disfigured, suffocating Aunt Stella; his odious grandmother; and the bane of his existence, his abusive and delusional Aunt Lothian. For years, Francis plays a tricky game of duck and cover with the women, turning to music to stay sane. He finds a friend and mentor in Aidan Madsen, schoolmaster, local Revolutionary War historian, musician and keeper of the Grayson women's darkest secrets. In a skillful move by Fullbright, those secrets are revealed through the viewpoints of three different people-Aidan, Francis and Francis' stepdaughter, Elyse-adding layers of eloquent complexity to a story as powerful as it is troubling. While Francis realizes his dream of forming his own big band in the 1940s, his success is tempered by the inner monster of his childhood, one that roars to life when he marries Elyse's mother. Elyse becomes her stepfather's favorite target, and her bitterness becomes entwined with a desire to know the real Francis Grayson. For Aidan's part, his involvement with the Grayson family only deepens, and secrets carried for a lifetime begin to coalesce as he seeks to enlighten Francis-and subsequently Elyse-of why the events of so many years ago matter now. The ugliness of deceit,betrayal and resentment permeates the narrative, yet there are shining moments of hope, especially in the relationship between Elyse and her grandfather. Ultimately, as more of the past filters into the present, the question becomes: What is the truth, and whose version of the truth is correct? Fullbright never untangles this conundrum, and it only adds to the richness of this exemplary novel."Kirkus Reviews
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ISBN: 193769853X
ISBN13: 978-1937698539
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Women's Fiction
Author: Telemachus Press,Laurie Fuller,Lee Fullbright
Language: English
Publisher: Telemachus Press (March 10, 2012)
Pages: 382 pages
ePUB size: 1170 kb
FB2 size: 1781 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Hulis
After reading this book I'm not exactly sure how to put my review into words. First of all, this is a very good book - at least in my opinion. It is written by the character's point of view but each chapter covers a different character and a different time span. Confusing, yes but you do end up learning about the characters; what makes them tick and such.

I do have to agree with a few of the other reviewers when they said it was a hard book to get into. It was a little difficult understanding the first few chapters because you're trying to figure out how these characters fit with each other. While you're reading and trying to figure out what's going on it finally fits into place and you start to understand the huge dynamic of their lives and this book.

This book is complicated and you do need to pay attention with what's going on. This isn't an easy read to tackle in one day - there are just too many twists and turns. With that said, this book was a joy to read. The character's came to life and their stories were told and laid out with all of their bumps and bruises. I'd like to say this is a "feel good" story but I didn't think it was. There really wasn't a happy ending for any of the characters but I would like to know what happened with Elyse. I'll just have to use my imagination.

If you like historical fiction, I'd recommend this book. It isn't a love story and it isn't a mystery even though both aspects are part of this story as well. Take a chance and give this one a try. Hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
Snowseeker
I really enjoyed this novel because it was told from the point of view from three characters that are very different. This novel goes back to the 1900s and travels forwards with the story of different things that happen along the way to the family. We are first introduced to Elyse who has her world rocked when her mother marries a rock star. Elyse's character is featured as nine years old in the first few chapters of the book. She has had a childhood like no other. The second character that we are introduced to is the stepfather, Francis. Francis has not had a life that was all rainbows and butterflies either as we find out. He blames a lot of what has gone wrong in his life on mother and sisters. He is an addict that has problems that you can't help but feel for him. The third character that we are introduced to is Aiden. Aiden is not a typical part of the family and is pretty much an outsider. He is vital to the story because he is a friend and some kind of mentor to Francis. Aiden's narration brings us closer to the story line as what someone outside the family would be feeling if they were to watch everything as it happened. Another character that we get to discover is Magdelene. Although she is not part of the narration of the story, she is still an important part to the story line and deserves to be mentioned when talking about the characters that are involved in the novel. Magdelene is that "angry woman".
I loved the plot of the story because it took you on a journey through what it was like to be in a family that was not perfectly functional. There are things throughout the story like fighting, murder and betrayal that you will be left with no choice but to be sucked in to what is going on with this family. The title is a little misleading as I thought when I first heard the title mentioned that it was going to be about a bunch of angry women, but it quite the contrary. I have already given enough away about the characters. I am afraid that if I dig in much more as to why I liked each of them that I will be spoiling the novel for you. I want you to experience this tale for yourself. This novel is a mix of genres, which I love. No matter what genre you like to read, you will love this novel. It has something for everyone, even a little romance. This is a well written piece of greatness that I can not believe is the author's debut work. Lee Fullbright gets a huge pat on the back for all of the attention to detail and making the characters so believable. I wanted to know everything about them. You will feel compelled to feel for the characters. This is by no means a read that is to be taken lightly but it has it's moments so that you don't feel bogged down by all that is going on in the novel. I loved all the different situations that came together into one story and I will definitely be looking out for more from the author.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Nto
The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright is an independent 2012 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
As I have only completed this book about ten minutes ago the effects are super fresh in my mind. I am just rocked by this novel. This stunning novel has left me with no words at the moment. I will think about this book all night and tomorrow and for a long time to come.
Set in the 1900's all the way through to the 1960's the narrative switches back and forth between Francis, Aidan, and Elyse.
A set of portraits of the beautiful Magdalene, one of the eccentric Grayson sisters will set off a chain of events that will follow them through decades of secrets, lies, extortion, murder, manipulations, and cruelty. Twisted, evil, diabolical minds and deeds, greed, lust, jealously, anger, frustration, sickness in the mind, sickness in the body, and the attempt to right wrongs or set things right based on guilty or a misplaced sense of duty all factor into the story. There are intense scenes of abuse both physical and mental. Your heart will ache for two innocent children who have the misfortune of bearing the brunt of all these machinations that have gone on for decades.
The first voice you will hear is that of Elyse. The year is 1955 and the location is Sacramento. Elyse and her younger sister, Beatrice, who is only ever called “Bean” are the daughters of Diana whose first husband died young. Now remarried to Francis, the two girls lives will become a living nightmare. The only bright spot in Elyse's life is her grandfather who she will have to be separated from when her mother remarries. It will fall upon Elyse's shoulders to shield her sister from as much abuse as possible.

From here we are given the viewpoint of Francis and he tells a very different story from that of Elyse.

Then we hear from Aidan who tells his story going all the way back to 1900- 1916 in East Chester County in the community of Chadds Ford. Aiden is a school teacher just starting out with big ideals. Aiden was a bit of a mamma's boy for a long time and when his mother passed he still didn't have a lot of social skills.
It never occurred to him at the time he was teaching the Grayson girls, Madalene and Lothian , and Elizabeth that one day he would become so embroiled in their lives as well as being involved in the life of one of his favorite students, Jamie Waterson. Through Jamie, Aiden seems to develop a “man crush” on Matthew Waterson, Jamie's father and a famous aritst. For some time he never sees or is introduced to Matthew's wife, but eventually she shows up in Chadds Ford as well and this is where things get complicated.

After we have been set up a little with all the main players, we are taken on a trip through the past from thirties, to the forties, to the sixties as we watch Magdeline become the model for a set of portraits by Matthew titled “The Angry Woman Suite”. These portraits will become a sensation and make a lot of money for the Grayson family, who by this time are in dire need of funds. They will also set off a string of heartbreaks and tragedies.

Each character is this book as been given an in depth voice and once I started reading these first person narratives I couldn't put this book down. This book is a fascinating study of small town eccentricities, unrequited love and the consequences people paid for their myraid of sins.
Who do you believe? Which person is telling the real truth? The reader will ulitmately have to decide that but I think most will know the real truth even if there are alternate theories offered up.
Even though these people have lived through a lot of grief and many trials we are still left the feeling that the stongest will survive and that good will triumph in the end.

I loved the idea of having more than one character give a first person narrative. I've said this before, but it's like having your cake and eating it too. All the benefits of first person story telling and the benefit of third person narrative too. We get to know the innermost thoughts of these characters and their personal perspective on events and how they view the secondary characters. Francis hated the family of women he was saddled with and veiwed them from a different perpective than Aidan. Aidan perhaps saw everything from the angle of “the big picture”, but his motives were not always pure and he didn't have the ability to see into the future because if he had he most certainly would never had taken the actions he did. Each person that reads this book will of course have his or her own opinion on these characters, but I think Aidan did try to do the right thing by everyone. Aidan was flawed in his love for some people, like Jamie and Francis. Despite their flaws he still loved them and at times it made me angry because he didn't step in and rescue Elyse when it was clear she was being practically tortured and poor Bean was flat out ingnored by a self absorbed mother and wicked, twisted, step-father. Not that it was Aidan's responsibility per se, but it appeared no one else was going to do it and Aidan was perhaps the most aware the situation.

This story was an amazing character study, a novel that I will want to read again someday. I love a novel that has so many complex angles. As a lover of the old Gothic type novels – especially Southern Gothic, I thought at times this book had that tone. The setting was maninly in Pennsylvania and the New England coast, California and Biloxi were also places the family traveled, so Southern Gothic couldn't apply really, but the tone was certainly there. There were certianly a few bats in the belfry as they say and a plethora of family secrets that will keep you wondering if one person could be held responsible for the way things worked out or if it was a chain of events and actions by several people that brought things to such a tragic point.
This author certainly has a bright future if she can pull something like this off with a first novel. I recommend this book to book lovers- period. No matter what genre you tend to lean toward you really should treat yourself to this book .

Five stars.