George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl

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Read George and Lizzie Online Free - “[A]n homage to true love, painful childhood experiences, and emotional scars that last a lifetime. It’s a story of forgiveness, especially for one’s self….Extraordinary.” —The Washington Post

From “America’s librarian” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family—his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom—while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.

Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed—George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.

With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.

Title : George and Lizzie
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ISBN : 1501162896
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Larry rated it ★★★☆☆

August 07, 2017

Did you ever meet a couple who are married or dating, and you wonder what it is that keeps them together? Reading Nancy Pearl's George and Lizzie is kind of like that. George Goldenrosen and Lizzie Bultmann couldn't be more different. George is affable, earnest, maybe even a little goofy. His pa...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

September 07, 2017

This is a really quirky and emotional story and a compelling character study. It may be called George and Lizzie, but it's mostly about Lizzie... her emotional trauma, her decisions, heartbreak, loves, hang-ups, and general life experiences. She had a strange childhood, and made a bit of a strang...

Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

August 25, 2017

(2.5) Oh how I wanted to love the debut novel by one of my literary heroes: super-librarian and book recommending machine Nancy Pearl. There are some endearing characters and enjoyable scenes in this tale of an odd couple’s marriage, but in what was likely a desperate wish to avoid being boring (...

Trish rated it ★★★★★

December 08, 2017

Nancy Pearl may just be a natural-born writer, though she is best known for her role as bookseller, librarian, interviewer, reviewer, and motivational speaker on the pleasure and importance of reading. In a DIY MFA podcast interview with Gabriela Pereira in September 2017, she tells us that she w...

Touchstone rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

Honestly we're still freaking out from just MEETING Nancy Pearl let alone publishing her first novel. She is the queen.

Jessica rated it ★★★☆☆

August 09, 2017

3.5 stars. There were two things that impacted my experience with this book. One was very much about me, and the other is the book. I usually like coming into books cold, but with this one, coming into it cold and knowing nothing about it actually hurt the experience. So here's what you need to k...

Denise rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 30, 2017

I wanted to like this book, I even tried to like this book, but in the end, I just plain did not like this book. My feeling for this book are similar to The Goldfinch, although this book was shorter so Goldfinch still reigns as my least favorite book. Lizzie is one of the most self-absorbed, unli...

Petra rated it ★★★☆☆

September 25, 2017

In her debut novel, Nancy Pearl tells the story of a marriage. It was beyond me why Lizzie and George got married in the first place and it remained a mystery to me why they stayed together. I have the feeling I kind of missed the point of this story. The main focus is on Lizzie. George, in my op...

Barbara A. rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2017

Immensely satisfying read. Vivid characters. Often funny, sometimes sad, this is, ultimately, a deeply resonate novel of love and relationships. Helps if you, like me, love football.

Joy rated it ★★★☆☆

November 26, 2017

Nancy Pearl is a well known librarian who lives in Seattle and this is her first novel. I have to say I'm not wowed by this book. Lizzie is just not very likable but I did enjoy George quite a bit. It's well written and moving at parts but I can't really recommend it highly. Hopefully her next bo...

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