Fault Lines #2020

Fault Lines By Anne Rivers Siddons Fault Lines Years of caring for her needy family have left Merritt Fowler exhausted and confused uncertain of who she is or what she wants When a family argument sends her lovely fragile daughter Glynn runnin
  • Title: Fault Lines
  • Author: Anne Rivers Siddons
  • ISBN: 9780751517712
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fault Lines By Anne Rivers Siddons Years of caring for her needy family have left Merritt Fowler exhausted and confused, uncertain of who she is or what she wants When a family argument sends her lovely, fragile daughter, Glynn, running from her Atlanta home to her Aunt Laura in Hollywood, Merritt is compelled to follow On impulse, the trio takes off in Laura s red Mustang convertible, barreling up the Years of caring for her needy family have left Merritt Fowler exhausted and confused, uncertain of who she is or what she wants When a family argument sends her lovely, fragile daughter, Glynn, running from her Atlanta home to her Aunt Laura in Hollywood, Merritt is compelled to follow On impulse, the trio takes off in Laura s red Mustang convertible, barreling up the coast to the lush wilderness outside San Francisco earthquake country There, amid the beauty and protection of the mountains, mother, daughter, and sister will struggle to see if the widening fissures between them can be healed, as they search for the bedrock of strength and courage that can save them and their family.
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    About "Anne Rivers Siddons"

    1. Anne Rivers Siddons

      Born Sybil Anne Rivers in Atlanta, Georgia, she was raised in Fairburn, Georgia, and attended Auburn University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority While at Auburn she wrote a column for the student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, that favored integration The university administration attempted to suppress the column, and ultimately fired her, and the column garnered national attention She later became a senior editor for Atlanta magazine At the age of thirty she married Heyward Siddons, and she and her husband now live in Charleston, South Carolina, and spend summers in Maine.

    759 thoughts on “Fault Lines”

    1. I m not quite sure why I picked up this book blurbs like circumstances that will forever change the lives of all three women are kryptonite to me People finding themselves is not my thing especially when an affair is used to get a marriage back on track It started off better than expected and in the first few chapters I so wanted to smack Pom I found it upsetting By the time Pring was also turning out to be a total rat I was getting a little weary with the women tangling themselves in knots tryi [...]


    2. Intrigueing plot and character development I think it speaks to our wild side that part of us that would sometimes like to throw off our responsibilities and our orderly lives and just experience something new, exciting, daring, romantic even though to do so puts our lives and our relationships at great risk.


    3. I m an Anne Rivers Siddons fan, and this book was my absolute favorite I keep a copy of it on my Kindle so that I can refer back to a couple of my favorite passages passages that still mean a lot to me on a personal level and ones that make me cry every time I read them I m not sure it would be everyone s favorite I ll have to admit that it s a bit sappy , but I loved it


    4. I consider Anne Rivers Siddons one of the select few of masterful, contemporary Southern writers, and Fault Lines is the tenth novel of hers I ve read Fault Lines is another of Siddons fine examples of a seamlessly crafted story, wherein palpably developed characters find themselves in a plausible predicament Beginning in Atlanta, Merritt Fowler is the second wife of a doctor, whose mother, who lives with them, has a advanced stage of Alzheimers than her husband is willing to acknowledge Their [...]


    5. Even though I found it hard to really identify with any of the three main characters, I liked this book a lot It is very much a book about women and the roles we play in our loved ones lives The story goes from Atlanta, where Merrick does nothing but take care of everyone her mother in law with Alzeimer s who almost sets the house on fire, her teenage daughter recovering from anorexia, and her often absent doctor husband to Hollywood, where Merrick s younger sister is trying to become an actress [...]


    6. The beautiful prose drew me in, but the soap opera about 2 3 in was really a bit much I suppose people behave that way, but ugh Integrity doing the right thing even when no one is watching I liked the main character until all this mess Skipped all the scientific earthquake info too dull and read the end, which was satisfying But not a book I d share or recommend.No one was anything but skinny in this story An anorexic and two perfect figures, one nearly 50 Really Not a single figure flaw or a wa [...]


    7. Starts out promisingly but soon descends into soap opera and bathos When Siddons describes landscape, natural phenomena, or animals, she s at her best in fact, sometimes profound but her people are paper dolls, and the dialogue is straight out of Dr Phil The plot was interesting enough to keep me hooked, but by p 250 the novel had devolved into an embarrassing bodice ripper, unfit for grownups.


    8. Definitely not my favorite Anne Rivers Siddons book In fact, compared to other books I have read of ARS, it was a real disappointment I didn t find any of the characters particularly likeable and the plot itself was completely unbelieveable Once it finally got to the part about the earthquakes, I found myself pretty much skimming the pages, so that I could be finished with it.




    9. I ve finally managed to finish an Anne Rivers Siddons novel and the jury is out I felt like I read two vastly different tales of four women, one of whom is cast aside only to be revisited with one sentence of closure on the second to last page characters are built up and left, like loose change on a dresser The male antagonist shows up in the last paragraph whimpering sans thought or dialogue my favorite character Curtis And, btw, what happened to Forrest I do like the challenge of rich vocabula [...]


    10. Where shall I begin Overwrought, pretentious, melodramatic, kinda like wearing flashy jewelry, full makeup, a stiff hairdo and stiletto heels to a hayride I seem to remember now from previous Siddons books I d read long ago that her style is a bit blowsy with completely unrealistic dialogue and wildly improbably scene setting The premise was interesting but for me she blew it with the artificial speech from her characters.


    11. I thought it was a bit melodramatic and at different times I wanted to slap a few characters upside the head but I really wanted to find out what happened to them, so I guess I liked it three stars worth


    12. Don t bother to read this highly predictable book Not only was it simple it was insulting to the power of women Every decision was a reaction to a man I had to finish it because I just could not believe it would continue to the end.



    13. Disappointing Liked much of the character development but the story doesn t hang together and I thought I detected some subtle homophobia which was a turnoff.



    14. From now on I m only giving 2 stars if I predict the ending Or, if I roll my eyes multiple times at crazy analogies.



    15. I have only just started reading this novel, one I have read before, but forgotten It seems I am becoming critical of Ms Siddons or perhaps, I am becoming less tolerant of characters who allow others to walk all over them.Merritt Fowler is married to a doctor who gives all his time and attention to his clinic He leaves Merritt to dispose of the rats that have infested their home, a home she did not want to buy He leaves her to care for his mother who has dementia, going so far as to refuse to p [...]


    16. At one time Anne Rivers Siddons was one of my favorite authors I devoured her books This book was on my shelf and when I first started the book, it seemed familiar Perhaps I started it previously, but I know I didn t get far The book was just ok I was expecting and was disappointed, though I am not sure if I can articulate why Is ARS different or am I Merritt Fowler is a wife, mom and big sister She takes care of everyone, including her mother in law with Alzheimers After her anorexic daughter [...]


    17. I have mixed feelings about this book It was well written, to be sure although I think Siddons uses the word presently too much , but entirely unrealistic to me both the journey that Merritt takes, how quickly she falls in love lust is like it , and the ending which I won t spoil here All that said, I thoroughly enjoyed entering a fantasy world for awhile and traveling along with her on an emotional and sensual journey, even while my practical side was saying this could never happen 3.5 stars, [...]


    18. Siddons has always been one of my favorite authors She creates charaters that are believable I usually find that I can identify with aspects of all her characterst this one I could not wait to get it over with This was the worst book by Siddons I have ever read and I have read quite a few of them Perhaps it is because it is an earlier book but the characters seemed shallow and completely self involved While there was a bid at the end to change this attitude it did not ring true It was predictabl [...]


    19. Hmm, well here s the good It is a good book to read on vacation or if you want something mindless to do I think the author develops the main characters pretty well and you are rooting for them in a way But here s the not so good Too wordy Analogies got on my nerves Tended to the melodramatic especially towards the end A bit campy in places Some characters especially the Hollywood directors producers were cliche The end was a bit unbelievable For instance, Spoiler alert When the big one happens, [...]


    20. Maybe because I ve read almost everything Siddons has written, I liked this book because of my familiarity with the author and her style There were a few things said about motherhood that spoke to me and I always like when a female character recognizes the need for change and stands up for it Otherwise, I wanted the book to end about 2 3 of the way through, the remainder was predictable and trite, disappointing When I started reading Siddons books about 12 years ago, I ate them up, I loved the w [...]


    21. Standard I read this, but damned if I can remember exactly when or why or enough about it to make detail comments disclaimer My rating is based solely on my memory of how much or little I enjoyed the book at that time In some cases, at that time might mean before most users were born Then again, it could mean a couple years ago and that I have a lousy memory Your mileage may vary Heck, given how all our tastes change over the years and the fickle nature of memory, my own mileage might vary if I [...]


    22. Another 1 clearance from the library I m going to send it to Beth so she can listen to the first two tapes and see what it might be like to have our mother living with one of her children She doesn t have to bother with the rest of the book and since she doesn t live in CA or the Ring of Fire like my daughter and I she can even skip the last side of the last of 11 tapes which is when the earth quake finally happens and neatly resolves all the other tensions in the story infidelity, Hollywood sha [...]


    23. This is the first book I ve read by this author and I wasn t going to bother with it after I read several reviews of it Most were only two stars, many reviewers saying this the least favorite of this author s work, naming other titles they liked much better I decided to give it a try and I m glad I did The story does have a fairly predictable plot line, but I found it interesting nonetheless, and I liked the characters I would definitely check out her other titles.


    24. Merritt Fowler is the kind of person who is always putting others first, caring for everyone her husband, daughter, mother in law, and sister Several events lead her to the breaking point and after a major family quarrel, she takes off after her daughter who has run away to spend time with Merritt s sister in California Merritt meets an earthquake scientist who helps her learn how to live for herself with courage and strength.


    25. This book dealt with mother daughter wife sister relationships.cally the roles of a woman There were some not so moral decisions made in this book, but it was a book about self discovery I read it in one dayhaha.ke 6 hours My only small complaint would be the factual tangents about fault lines earthquakes because even though it was short less than 5 pages total , I just have 0 interest.


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