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I have read many books were I didn t really like it, but was still able to appreciate it and finish it This was different because I just didn t like it at all I did finish it though I feel like the whole book should be read with melancholy music in the backgroundimagine it and that s how the whole book is likeexcept a thousand timespretentious The main character of Elizabeth lives her whole life with herself as the tortured female lead in her own mental drama She manipulates the I have read many books were I didn t really like it, but was still able to appreciate it and finish it This was different because I just didn t like it at all I did finish it though I feel like the whole book should be read with melancholy music in the backgroundimagine it and that s how the whole book is likeexcept a thousand timespretentious The main character of Elizabeth lives her whole life with herself as the tortured female lead in her own mental drama She manipulates the people at work and in her personal life She is an editor in chief at a vanity press and comes to enjoy the manipulation she doles out to people who believe her when she says their book is the stuff of great literary fiction The love story between her and aspiring author Tupper Daniels is crap They hit all the points but there is no sincerity on either endI think that s the way it s supposed to be for herbut I don t know if it was purposeful for him Flat out, I didn t believe it from the beginning I kept expecting something to be reveled that would explain everything, and it never came I think what was supposed to pass as an explanation was just plain confusinglike I am supposed to read between the lines, but they criss cross In the end I thought this novel was pretentious, poorly executed, and way too reliant on melodrama 3.5 stars Alice McDermott s A Bigamist s Daughter is her first novel, Alice McDermott before she became ALICE MCDERMOTT Its themes foreshadow McDermott s later novels Catholicism, moral ambiguity, absent fathers Its style also foreshadows McDermott s later novels emotional precision, unresolved ending, and movement backwards and forwards over time But A Bigamist s Daughter is wordier in places than McDermott s later novels its most believable and affecting character is Elizabeth, the youn 3.5 stars Alice McDermott s A Bigamist s Daughter is her first novel, Alice McDermott before she became ALICE MCDERMOTT Its themes foreshadow McDermott s later novels Catholicism, moral ambiguity, absent fathers Its style also foreshadows McDermott s later novels emotional precision, unresolved ending, and movement backwards and forwards over time But A Bigamist s Daughter is wordier in places than McDermott s later novels its most believable and affecting character is Elizabeth, the young editor at its center and McDermott portrays her other main characters Elizabeth s lover and Elizabeth s mother from the outside in, rather than convince me of them emotionally from the inside out The central mysteries at the core of A Bigamist s Daughter just what was Elizabeth s father and why did her mother stay with him also felt somewhat unconvincing I was left not understanding why Why was Elizabeth s father so loved Why did Elizabeth s mother remain married to him A Bigamist s Daughter is well worth reading for McDermott completists and admirers of such McDermott novels as The Ninth Hour and Charming Billy But I wouldn t recommend starting your McDermott reading with A Bigamist s Daughter I put down this book once because it was so boring The second time I picked it up, I was determined to finish itand it was still boring.I kept forgetting who the protagonist was and why she started a relationship with the writer The plot made no sense and got interesting around page 200 for about 50 pages then petered right back out This book was really disappointing considering her premise is interesting. In a novel that dissects, deconstructs and recreates the fabric of life, love and literature, the author spotlights the world of publishing the mythology of love, the elusiveness of the love object all as the centerpiece of this work formulate the basis for this story.We begin with Elizabeth Connelly, a single woman living in New York some time in the twentieth century, before computers or the current Internet generation and discover her real life as an editor in chief at what is know In a novel that dissects, deconstructs and recreates the fabric of life, love and literature, the author spotlights the world of publishing the mythology of love, the elusiveness of the love object all as the centerpiece of this work formulate the basis for this story.We begin with Elizabeth Connelly, a single woman living in New York some time in the twentieth century, before computers or the current Internet generation and discover her real life as an editor in chief at what is known in that day as a vanity press She meets her potential authors, praises their work even when it is less than stellar and signs them to contracts They pay their fee and dream their dreams.But one day she meets an author Tupper Daniels, a southern gentleman and in helping him create an ending for his unfinished manuscript, she stumbles down a path of exploration that leads her into the surreal world of elusive fathers traveling fathers like her own who are leading secret lives Questioning all the stories told her by her mother, and examining her own tendency to tell tales even create myths about her own past loves, she begins to understand that fantasies, illusions and love myths have a life of their own, flourishing because of the necessity to preserve those very myths.Fascinating portrayal of love, literature, and the elusive nature of dreams, A Bigamist s Daughter is a memorable novel that earns five stars I have read a few other Alice McDermott novels with admiration, but if A Bigamist s Daughter had been my introduction, I would have stopped reading her after this I can see suggestions in this book of the writer that she becomes, even by her second novel, but in this book she does not seem to have a hold on her talent yet It just doesn t come together We spend too much time with secondary characters who drop away there are too many scenes that don t seem to have much bearing on the whole We I have read a few other Alice McDermott novels with admiration, but if A Bigamist s Daughter had been my introduction, I would have stopped reading her after this I can see suggestions in this book of the writer that she becomes, even by her second novel, but in this book she does not seem to have a hold on her talent yet It just doesn t come together We spend too much time with secondary characters who drop away there are too many scenes that don t seem to have much bearing on the whole We never really get to know any of the characters And though it s clear that McDermott consciously chose her points of view, I found her switching between third and first person to be disruptive As one character says, some authors just take a while to get a following.some need to develop a momentum This seems to be the case with Alice McDermott But she does develop a momentum and her talent comes to the fore in her other books This book may be interesting if you subscribe to a traditional view of gender and believe that women are innately tied to and less than men Otherwise, avoid this. |Download ♠ A Bigamist's Daughter ☪ ELizabeth Connelly sits in her office at a New York vanity press watching the world of struggles, passion, pain and love spin around her Then a young writer comes to her with a novel about a man who lovesthan one woman And suddenly she is awakened from her urban professional slumber Man this book was hard to follow I think there might ve been an awesome story in there somewhereif only I could ve found it. There is a lot of bigamy going on in this novel by outstanding talent Alice McDermott First is the bigamy that marked the life of Elizabeth the first person focus of the novel Her father was the possessor ofthan one family and Elizabeth has been dealing with the conflicts her knowledge of her father s predilections cause within her Second, as editor in chief of the Vista Books vanity press in New York, her somnolent, desperately lonely life becomes invigorated by a young southern wr There is a lot of bigamy going on in this novel by outstanding talent Alice McDermott First is the bigamy that marked the life of Elizabeth the first person focus of the novel Her father was the possessor ofthan one family and Elizabeth has been dealing with the conflicts her knowledge of her father s predilections cause within her Second, as editor in chief of the Vista Books vanity press in New York, her somnolent, desperately lonely life becomes invigorated by a young southern writer and his manuscript about a bigamist As the editor, of a vanity press, her main duties include getting the client author to sign a contract that allows them to pay for the publishing of their own book, which Tupper Daniels wants to do Unlike most of her clients, Tupper seems to understand the workings of a vanity press but still wants to work with Elizabeth since he cannot find an ending Elizabeth being lonely and Tupper handsome and gracious, they soon end up asthan client and editor Here s where the multiple level bigamy comes in Elizabeth is still coping with the disappearance of Billy, a former boyfriend, whom she cannot get over Throughout the book, Elizabeth tries to deal honestly with the love she still harbors for Billy and we begin to sense it is going to block everything for her She and Tupper take some romantic trips and Tupper questions her deeply about the bigamist in his novel, her father and, eventually, her feelings about Billy Elizabeth is dealing with the very likely fact that bigamists can be good people that they can actually love at least two people equally the situation Elizabeth finds herself in It only complicates matters that relations with her mother became strained, in part because of her father s actions, and her death is a turning point in the novel Tupper is a very nice guy and a decent writer He deeply loves Elizabeth but he still doesn t have an ending for his novel This is not an action packed read The dialogues are strained and subtle and profoundly complex, but that s what makes it a fascinating read A lot of your reaction to the book may depend on your attitudes toward love and marriage and bigamy, but that s sort of the point Though written over thirty years ago, the reader should not feel any time imperative pushing the actions along The feelings and problems are infinite and McDermott wisely takes her time dealing with them Nevertheless, this makes a terrific summer read This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 3.5 rounded up The spoiler is, there isn t any real bigamist in the book perhaps the father was a traveling government worker but there s no proof and no other family The daughter and mother never really discuss it, which is one of the points made from a man writing a book about a bigamist how the wives never really ask, so the man never has to lie Perhaps he just liked to travel, just as the missing father image in A Glass Menagerie who was a telephone worker who fell in love with lon 3.5 rounded up The spoiler is, there isn t any real bigamist in the book perhaps the father was a traveling government worker but there s no proof and no other family The daughter and mother never really discuss it, which is one of the points made from a man writing a book about a bigamist how the wives never really ask, so the man never has to lie Perhaps he just liked to travel, just as the missing father image in A Glass Menagerie who was a telephone worker who fell in love with long distance The writer lays out the philosophy that a bigamist is a true romantic because he falls in love again and again, and wants to commit, vs just having an affair The best part for me was when it was discussed that perhaps a woman the grandmother may have been the bigamist and the writer just dismisses it out of hand that all his lofty arguments about a bigamist only holds true for men and women can t reach that level I also liked it when a woman pointed out that one commits bigamy, but you don t commit monogamy or marriage The basic plot of an editor working at a vanity press was really interesting and Elizabeth, the main character, is a romantic vision in her own right She loved so much once that he couldn t measure up to her ideals, so she left him As good an excuse as any