Liked the pace of the writing . I was disappointed in the ending.
Yes, my thoughts too.
Hi. Just finished the book. I’m not sure who wrote the commentary on the Overdrive homepage but I did not find this story humourous at all. It was thoughtful and sad portraying the lives of women who did not live an easy life. There were some special parts that made me reflect on my own life but mostly I just had pity for the characters. In true Canadian writing heritage, there was no happy ending and the reader is left to create a happy ending for them self.
There was hardly an ending at all, happy or otherwise. Agree it was not humorous.
I enjoyed this book tremendously! A great read, couldn’t put it down.
Hilarious story inspired by a true story. The title says it all though. It’s all about every bad idea anyone might have.
I read this in one sitting. The book’s promo is wrong. It’s billed as a funny story but I would say it’s anything but. The ending? Whoa! What an ending!
Such an ending. So thought provoking and unexpected and sad and beautiful.
I read this book and really enjoyed it. The characters are very real and you find yourself pulling for them in their life journey.
Very enjoyable read, had me hooked and basically finished it in one sitting! I liked the writing style. It took me ‘ off on a tangent ‘ and I researched a bit of the history of that part of Canada…
I’m finding the book sad. Haven’t found any humour to it at all. I haven’t finished it yet, but the style seems consistent so far, so not thinking there will be any humour to come.
I enjoyed the book. It pulled me from chapter to chapter. I wanted to shake some of the characters as they had their bad ideas.
The story feels true-to-life. I was born the same year as Trudy in a surprisingly similar town – complete with irrational hostility among peers and men coming in from away for projects and unsettling things.
I liked being able to spend at least a bit of time in the head of each character.
I too was very disappointed in the ending. So much more could have been said.
Yes, that ending hit me like a brick! I am still trying to figure out why?
I really enjoyed this book and I am somewhat reeling at the way it ended. I definitely agree with another poster below, that the reader is left to imagine their own happy ending.
I do feel that the way things ended did tie it all up in a nice bow. In a way, everyone’s problems were pretty much solved by the way it ended. But I still have so many questions.
What a great idea to have an online book club this fall! Thank you to the organizers. I appreciate that you have the audiobook version available as well as a print book. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed it more than I thought I would initially. The characters are all human and flawed, and I found myself feeling compassion for them even as they made terrible decisions. Will there be another book available when this discussion ends? I hope so.
5 stars, please! I enjoyed this tasty little book. I could easily picture these characters – their dilemmas rang true, and yet they soldiered on. I thought Mercy was more like a 7 year old than 4-5 yrs old. I loved when the story kicked into high gear and all the chickens came home to roost. And I thought the surprise ending was pitch perfect. The writing was tight and clean, well developed. It took me less than 3 hrs to flip from one short section (with their catchy titles ) to the next. Not exactly one sitting, but pretty… Read more »
Completely agree! Such a beautiful and dare I say inspiring read!
I really like this book, I read it in less than a day. The ending was a shock and I would have liked to see it wrapped up better at the end but I still really enjoyed it so much.
I am still thinking through the ending over and over. I had to read the last few pages twice to be sure I didn’t misunderstand.
An easy read. I could relate to some of the life experiences and characters.
I was surprised to read that the book was described as humorous in the description…I felt for these people and the struggles they were experiencing.
I too was disappointed with the ending. I felt like the writer ran out of time and just cut it off abruptly but glad I took time to read it.
Morton’s writing has a knack for making the characters’ sad, bad ideas seem almost humorous, at times, but she doesn’t push it to the point of foolishness. As a former small Canadian town person, I liked her depiction, particularly of how society in that era viewed certain women and predicted the downfall of their children, but she added an extraordinary event – Jules’ aim “to fly”. The unexpected ending seemed obvious to me minutes after reading it.
I also enjoyed the book. Dark humour. Easy to read. Interesting how Mercy, old head on a young body, mothered her Aunt and Grandmother, and also her Mother. The ending was a total surprise.
Came for a rag-to-riches story (it was not!). Stayed for the bright yellow rocket propelled car jumping the St. Lawrence. It did not disappoint.
I read it in one day-just had to see what happens to all of them
Tammy was a disappointment
Reader from BC here. At school, I heard about the St. Lawrence seaway but not that towns were flooded for it. So this book was both fun fiction and Ontario history for me.
The ending was more than disappointing. I had to go back to make sure I hadn’t skipped pages after the last words. What a sad character study, and no resolution to any of the plot lines. Not sure why it’s getting such praise, to be honest.
I particularly enjoyed the chapter titles. It has inspired many creative thoughts for me in my creations. The titles were interesting enough without being way too predictable for what was about to happen.
The short chapters provided a refreshing relief.
At the end of each chapter I said, “okay just one more” and all of a sudden the book was over! I could empathize with each character’s flaws and the way they dealt with the life they were stuck in. I also enjoyed learning the history of that part of Canada. After I re-read the final chapter and reflected, I do appreciate how what happened tied things up for the other characters. Albeit in what would be a traumatic path to what they may have wanted. However, I feel like I must have missed something that would have made the… Read more »
This was a well written story and depicts small town Canada quite well with all the unexplainable judgement that can occur. I also found the story more sad than funny and I have to say that I was a bit confused by the ending. I do like a bit more of a “neatly tied in a bow” endings but I do see how it works. Overall a great read (listen).
Loved the book, loved Mercy!
Couldn,t put the book down
So we’ll written’ but so many questions
Thank you for having the book club!
I enjoyed the history of flooding the seaway, the short chapters and the characters. I would definitely read more books by this author.
A thoroughly enjoyable, Canadian read! The 70s era, the setting, and the love and conflicts between the characters allowed the plot to drift along. Rated 4/5.
Just finished this book and wow! I love how the story was told in each character’s perspective.
Overall it was a bit of a sad book, but maybe an interesting look at small-town life, dreams, lack of dreams, family and individual challenges. The ending was also … Interesting! I feel like I know their lives now.