Pretend We Are Lovely by Noley Reid

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Read Pretend We Are Lovely Online Free - Consuming and big-hearted, Noley Reid’s Pretend We Are Lovely details a summer in the life of the Sobel family in 1980s Blacksburg, Virginia, seven years after the tragic and suspicious death of a son and sibling.

Francie Sobel dresses in tennis skirts and ankle socks and weighs her allotted grams of carrots and iceberg lettuce. Semi-estranged husband Tate prefers a packed fridge and secret doughnuts. Daughters Enid, ten, and Vivvy, thirteen, are subtler versions of their parents, measuring their summer vacation by meals eaten or skipped. But at summer's end, secrets both old and new come to the surface and Francie disappears, leaving the family teetering on the brink.?

Without their mother's regimental love, and witnessing their father flounder in his new position of authority, the girls must navigate their way through middle school, find comfort in each other, and learn the difference between food and nourishment.

Title : Pretend We Are Lovely
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ISBN : 1941040667
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 284 pages


Karen rated it ★★★★☆

April 28, 2017

PRETEND WE ARE LOVELY BY NOLEY REID The title of this book sums up the Sobel family--All surface and superficial but horribly dysfunctional. Francie is the mother of two young girls Enid, aged ten and Vivian, aged twelve, almost thirteen. Tate Sobel, father and husband teaches classes at the univer...

Maggie rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2017

Scrappymags 3-word review: Dysfunctional family ruin.  A solid 4/4.5 star  My book reviews are all on my website at at publication date! Genre: Contemporary fiction (1980's setting), release 7/18/17 Shortest summary ever: Francie is a mom to 2 girls - Vivian and Enid (13 and...

Julia rated it ★★★★★

April 17, 2017

Noley Reid's stunning novel Pretend We Are Lovely is about hunger―for love, for acceptance, for forgiveness after an unforgivable loss leaves a family shattered. Readers will be spellbound by this intimate portrayal of a family told in a symphony of voices―each member of the Sobel family's search...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

Perfectly rendered characters!

Ariana rated it ★★★★☆

June 21, 2017

Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* Pretend We Are Lovely is one of those novels that really makes you think—both during and after—but where the real impact of the plot and themes within it hits you a little...

Jorie rated it ★★★★★

July 23, 2017

I found this book fascinating, deeply upsetting and thoughtful....the children in this novel are stuck between "feast and famine," between an indulgent, loving, pleasure-seeking dad and a mom who is all about denial, self-punishment and disgust with food, with imperfection, with mess. It was a no...

Jessie rated it ★★★☆☆

September 01, 2017

I enjoyed this book so much up until the very end. Then it seemed like an entirely different author wrote it, or she was rushed. And the ending was corny and cliche compared to the rest of it, which was thoughtful and sometimes poetic. Overall I appreciated the characters and thought it was a goo...

Annie rated it ★★★★★

August 18, 2017

A tender portrayal of a family reeling after loss, and what makes this book stand out is the exploration of the family's relationship with food. A book that will break your heart, but still leave you hopeful. Beautifully written.

Deirdre rated it ★★★★★

July 29, 2017

I am blown away by the aching beauty of this book. Noley Reid's Pretend We Are Lovely moves seamlessly from one character's voice to the next, father Tate, Mother Francie, and daughters Vivvy and Enid each speaking as the complex family story of all things ingested unfolds in small bites. The nov...

Donna rated it ★★★★☆

April 22, 2017

A family's experiences and struggles centered around food was like reading a ticking time bomb story.

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