The Forrests (2020)

The Forrests Emily Perkins The Forrests Dorothy Forrest is immersed in the sensory world around her she lives in the flickering moment From the age of seven when her odd disenfranchised family moves from New York City to the wide skies of
  • Title: The Forrests
  • Author: Emily Perkins
  • ISBN: 9780385663731
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
The Forrests Emily Perkins Dorothy Forrest is immersed in the sensory world around her she lives in the flickering moment From the age of seven, when her odd, disenfranchised family moves from New York City to the wide skies of Auckland, to the very end of her life, this is her great gift and possible misfortune Through the wilderness of a commune, to falling in love, to early marriage and motherDorothy Forrest is immersed in the sensory world around her she lives in the flickering moment From the age of seven, when her odd, disenfranchised family moves from New York City to the wide skies of Auckland, to the very end of her life, this is her great gift and possible misfortune Through the wilderness of a commune, to falling in love, to early marriage and motherhood, from the glorious anguish of parenting to the loss of everything worked for and the unexpected return of love, Dorothy is swept along by time Her family looms and recedes revelations come to light death changes everything, but somehow life remains as potent as it ever was, and the joy in just being won t let her go In a narrative that shifts and moves, growing as wild as the characters, The Forrests is an extraordinary literary achievement A novel that sings with colour and memory, it speaks of family and time, dysfunction, ageing and loneliness, about heat, youth, and how life can change if you re lucky enough to be around for it.
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  1. Michael

    The Forrests by Emily Perkins was the book chosen for my local bookclub for June, but I knew I wouldn t be able to make it to this discussion so I decided to read this while in New Zealand as the author is a New Zealander This book has already been talked about in regards to being listed for this year s Man Booker prize so I was interested in seeing what the book was all about The novel follows the story of The Forrests, a disenfranchised family that moves from New York City to Auckland It follo [...]

  2. Emma Makes

    Another reviewer one star on here has written, You keep waiting for something to happen, but as with most families, nothing does and that s precisely what makes The Forrests so wonderful.If The Forrests were a movie, it would be European, not American the beauty and wonder of this novel isn t in finding a problem to overcome it s in overcoming of ourselves This is about the extraordinary in the ordinary genuine, normal people living their lives and encountering each other and themselves.At the s [...]

  3. Helen Heath

    Achingly beautiful and moving Not sure why some people thought nothing happened, a whole life happened

  4. Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I first heard about this book in Publishers Weekly s Fiction Review, so when I was given the opportunity to be a participant in a virtual book tour for it, I jumped at the chance This is pitched as a dysfunctional family book, and that isn t wrong exactly, but I think it takes of an explanation The story is told in vignettes and I think I was probably 1 3 of the way in before I had a clear grasp of the characters Even then, I am not sure I ever completely grasped what was motivating Daniel, Lee [...]

  5. Audra (Unabridged Chick)

    The novel opens in a chaotic jumble a staged family film that dissolves into mess of wiggling children, animals, snacks, arguments It s a bit difficult at first to make heads or tails of the story as Perkins literally plunges you into the middle of the Forrest family Quickly, though, threads emerge Frank Forrest, an aspiring actor, wants to leave it all and hauls his family from New York to New Zealand but fails in his theatrical endeavors, so the family, stranded now, lives off his trust fund a [...]

  6. Lydia Presley

    When I picked up The Forrests I prepared myself for a literary treat I d gathered from the descriptions on the back that I was in store for beautiful writing and with a setting in New Zealand, I could not wait to get started.As I read The Forrests the literary scholar in me warred with the reader who just wanted to enjoy a good book I fought with myself, admiring the deft descriptions and the way every scene came to life but the reader in me wanted a story that I could follow Not an easy story, [...]

  7. Courtney Johnston

    Intense emotion high or low thins your skin You feel things with a new intensity the barrier between you and the world becomes porous sunrises seep into you, words seduce you, paintings leave you wounded, breathless, tearstreaked You feel like this when you re first in love or you feel something like this, a tinge of it, a sharpening of the world, but this is a peripheral phenomenon the newly loved one is the centre, the discovery, the endlessly fascinating, endlessly absorbing The world feels [...]

  8. Patricia Gallant

    Maybe I didn t get it, I just found this story uninteresting In fact, I found it terribly lacking The events described were not described in full, or even to a finish She was stopped for shoplifting, they looked at pictures of previous offenders and then what The storyteller wandered off and we never found out what happened in that circumstance There was a lot of guessing for the reader I don t think I knew until the last 10 pages or so where the story took place.From an award winning writer thi [...]

  9. Kelly

    One of my friends chose this book for our book club In it is the story, from young childhood to old age, of Dorothy Forrest and her family It s broken into chapters which do not make obvious the characters ages, which I found quite rewarding to read this tactic reminded me of The Time Traveler s Wife Maybe this resonated with me because of the stage I m at in my life, but Dorothy s long standing love with Daniel hit a nerve, and I thought it was well presented I finished it and wanted to make a [...]

  10. Megan

    This is an interesting book, which I think is the best of Perkin s novels to date Don t expect a plot, because the plot is peripheral to the main character, Dorothy, Dottie, Dot depending on when and who are referring to her I really feel this novel brings to fruition some of the earlier promise in Perkins writing, particularly in her short stories The beginning of the book took me back to short stories, such as a place where no one knows your face in Not Her Real Name It conveys a family car jo [...]

  11. Sharon Burgin

    You cannot fault the synopsis on the cover of this book It does say that this is the story of Dorothy Forrest from the age of seven to the end of her life, and boy does she have a long life.Dorothy is one of 3 sisters and a brother The first part of the book you spend your time trying to figure out which sister is which and who is sleeping with Daniel, the family friend The second half of the book is spent trying to picture whether Dorothy is fat or thin This is one boring book about the Forrest [...]

  12. Kate

    You ll either love, love, love Emily Perkins sinuous, dreamy writing in The Forrests, or you will find her style unbearably tedious I loved it.The Forrests is the story of a family, told mostly through the eyes of Dorothy Dot Forrest It begins when she is seven and, along with her parents, brother Michael and sisters Eve and Ruth, we see the family move, change and experience happy and sad times But calling this simply a family saga does not do justice to Perkins extraordinary style of storytell [...]

  13. Christine

    Dorothy Forrest is immersed in the sensory world around her she lives in the flickering moment From the age of seven, when her odd, disenfranchised family moves from New York City to the wide skies of Auckland, to the very end of her life, this is her great gift and possible misfortune Through the wilderness of a commune, to falling in love, to early marriage and motherhood, from the glorious anguish of parenting to the loss of everything worked for and the unexpected return of love, Dorothy is [...]

  14. Justin Morelli

    There is a lot to love and a lot to hate about this book Following the life of one woman and her family from childhood to old age, this flows through the milestones that mark her life.If you love observational comedy, but don t mind not laughing, this might be right up your street.On the plus side, it is beautifully written, achingly touching and epic.In addition, this occasionally hits the nail on the head when capturing fleeting emotions possibly better than any work I have ever read However, [...]

  15. Sarah Laing

    I love Perkins writing and in this book it was magnificent such wonderful verbs, such brilliant details I loved her describing the dimpled plastic wine glass, the maraca like sugar shaker, the swooshing of Dot s daughter around in the swimming pool It s like she s noticed all those little things in the world, the details not normally worthy of note, and she s glorified them I was slightly derailed all my fault I ve lost my concentration span because I forgot that Daniel was a family friend and i [...]

  16. Jackie Murrell

    The reviews of this book are very mixed, and at first I was with the thumbs down brigade I got to around page 50 and was on the verge of giving up This is because of the way it s written, as a series of almost vignettes that, taken together, illustrate key features about the Forrest family, principally Dorothy The chapters drop into moments in their lives, and often seemingly trivial incidents and experiences reveal deeper layers of emotions, obsessions, relationships and so on, often with gaps [...]

  17. Andrea MacPherson

    Engaging and just beyond reach, glittering and opaque, full of insight and gaps The Forrests is a beautifully written book that made me rethink narrative structure Perkins glosses over many of the traditional major plot points in the novel deaths, births, love affairs and instead is interested in the aftermath, how we carry on despite everything It took me quite a while to find my footing in the novel the beginning, especially, feels episodic, like imagistic vignettes than story but once I did [...]

  18. Krissy

    A beautifully written book about an ordinary life The writing is amazing, her descriptions are so detailed and startlingly accurate at times I had to pause and re read the page just to absorb what she had said.This book made a real impression and I came out of it feeling reflective yet slightly disturbed too.Recommend it.

  19. Rebecca Freeborn

    I really wanted to love this book I adored her last book, Novel About My Wife, and was hoping for of the same with this one It was certainly well written she s a great writer but this saga of a woman s life was simultaneously meandering and truncated I didn t find the main character very sympathetic, and while I usually enjoy a dark story, this one ultimately didn t pay off for me.

  20. Christine Williams

    Pretty good Disjointed to the point of leaving me really wondering what was going on at times Wonderful snippets of life, but without the luxury of savouring them Some of the characters were not well drawn Daniel for one overall an interesting look at the lifespan of one woman in NZ

  21. Liz

    A compelling portrayal of family life and the way that significant people remain present within us sometimes in wonderful ways, sometimes in stifling, maladaptive ways , even when they are absent physically.

  22. Rob Tapper

    Could not see the wood for The Forrests This book had me skimming over what seemed like endless trivia and this became a habit could not seem to grab on to anything substantive by way of plot, or conversation or description Guess I missed the point of the whole lot.

  23. Penni Russon

    I really connected with this book It took me a little while to get into the flow of it, but I was bereft when it was done.

  24. Jax

    Better declare my bias, I love Emily Perkins writing and this book is no exception The language is delicious and the way she uses it to describe every day life is really special Read it.

  25. Cheryl

    I am a big fan of Man Booker nominees, but had difficulty with this one It took a long time to be able to keep track of the characters Even by the end I still didn t have a grasp of some of the relationships.

  26. Jillwilson

    Let me begin by confessing that the first time I tried to read this book, I put it aside after a while I must have had to read something else for work or bookclub, but I felt no compulsion to return to The Forrests It was only that it happened to be on my eReader when I was traveling and I d run out of other stuff.Sometimes you just have to be in the right zone for a book I m glad I gave this a second chance I liked it so much because it seemed real It s basically the story of one woman, Dorothy [...]

  27. Kristine Brancolini

    The Forrests is a meditation on aging I find it interesting that a young author would have tackled this subject But she nails it In 350 pages, we accompany Dorothy Dot Forrest through childhood, young adulthood, parenthood, middle age, and old age The thing that struck me most forcefully was the way Perkins uses different writing styles for the different stages of life Many readers comment that Perkins just plots you down in the middle of the action, filling in the details later It s jarring and [...]

  28. Kirsty

    The Forrests is Emily Perkins fourth novel It opens with the Forrest family, with particular focus placed upon the middle daughter, Dorothy The Forrest family mother and father Lee and Frank, son Michael and three daughters, Evelyn, Dorothy and Ruthie have just moved from oh my god the hub of the world New York to quiet Auckland, New Zealand.The novel begins in the late 1960s and spans the entire timescale of Dorothy s life, from her seven year old self, through to motherhood and the trials of a [...]

  29. Fran

    I found this to be a really dreary read Almost gave up on it but kept wondering if anything would actually happen Found it a rather uninteresting dysfunctional family to follow and the descriptive passages yawn Does non one edit books any Could have been half the size but not sure it would have been any compelling

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