It was kind of like, wait what just happened? The part after the break up scene has to be my favorite. Flannery abandoned her breakfast and watched the woman drink her coffee. I seldom read romance novels but this one really exceeded my expectations. Narrated from the point of view of a young Flannery, showing us a different side of relationships and allows us to reminisce on our firsts. It was a new beginning for Flannery: the experienced, bruised and battered Flannery.
A valentine that perfectly captures love's power to isolate the lovers from the rest of the world—and, in the end, from each other. A lesser writer would be swamped in sentimentality, but Brownrigg handles her material with great good humor and vitality. The ending was quite rapid. Synopsis In a steam-filled diner in a college town, 17-year-old Flannery Jansen meets a remote, brilliant older woman who soon becomes her idol. Dare I even say that it's a masterpiece? It's likely I'm just being really picky but I couldn't help noticing faults here and there and hating myself for it at the same time. This exquisitely written, bittersweet Valentine of a novel is for any reader who has ever been in a romantic relationship and wants to remember and revel in all the foolish things we do for love. There was a point in the middle of their relationship where I found i 3.
By chance she finds herself enrolled in a class taught by the remote, brilliant older woman; intimidated at first, she gradually becomes Anne Arden's student outside class as well. But it is her invention of such a winning heroine as Flannery that will compel bookish types of all sexual orientations who recall the thrill and anguish of growing up to identify with her plights of passage. Two bodies that are used to each other's rhythms and sleep sounds, that know the turnings and breathings, know not to worry about that cough or that brief garbled grunt, that wildly flung arm or that stone-cold foot. And yes in parts it is heartbreaking, but you know for sure that it's the way it's supposed to be cause first love is ain't fore I can't wait to read more of this beautiful writing! Hell, you knew by reading the prologue for crying out loud! The love scenes were not erotic per se but you would get right up there and cuts off right at the porn, but the writer did it right, it add to the erotic nature instead of taking away. It didn't quite pull it off for me, and the characters didn't stick in my head either. It was a secret, wasn't it? This book is just beautiful.
I initially held off ordering that sequel until I read this one, but I look forward to seeing where the lives of these two women has led and how this love story impacted them over time. My chest got tighter and tighter until the awful heart wrenching breakup scene. If the quality of the writing and the insights had been better, this might have been exactly the type of lyrical prose I'd fall head over heels for. But when she comes across Anne Arden in a local diner, Flannery falls dramatically and desperately in love. There are ups and downs, there are smiles and tears. That mission is accomplished compellingly. Pages for You is like a cross between Alain de Botton's Essays in Love and Ann Bannon's Odd Girl Out.
Oh, and sometimes the dialogue is super cringy 3. But ultimately and unfortunately there is not a generic or standard story-book happy ending to the relationship. I wish I knew when it was set—it was published in 2001, but was it meant to be contemporary? I saw that Brownrigg wrote a sequel to this novel but, after finishing this one, I can't help but feel that everything that needed to be said about these two women has been said. For this elegantly rendered, poignant novel is ultimately about awakenings both bright and rude, the intoxicating nature of desire, and the realization that love can devastate just as easily as it exalts. Rachel, not an especially sensitive creature, launched into a complaint about her stuffy parents and from there, seamlessly, into a long account of her college boyfriend, and how freaked out her mother would be if she knew that Rachel had been having sex. . Brownrigg Ten Women Who Shook the World, 2000 floats her romantic couple along in such a hothouse atmosphere—apart from a math major with a crush on Flannery and a Korean student with a crush on Anne, there's scarcely another character on display, and the lovers' chance encounter with a pair of anonymous Florida honeymooners leads to disaster—that their world of poetry and smoking and clinging kisses seems complete in itself.
If something had happened that forced a reinterpretation of the first page, I might have had a different reaction. Forecast: Brownrigg's audience of discerning readers will grow with this book, which booksellers may recommend for its wit, fast-moving pace and emotional candor; the sexy jacket speaks for itself. This was the next book to pop up, and I am so happy that it did. Sometime after gingerbread and ice cream, Flannery suddenly felt faint with her contained silences and the sharp pain of missing Anne. When Flannery finds herself enrolled in a class with the remote, brilliant older woman, she is intimidated at first, but gradually becomes Anne Arden's student—Baudelaire, lipstick colors, or how to travel with a lover—Flannery proves an eager pupil, until one day learns more about Anne than she ever wanted to know. Do you want to hear about the thrill of pursuit and seduction? Maybe a fundamental change in your life! Brownrigg's reviews and criticism have appeared in a wide range of publications, including , , , , , and.
A wry, tender novel of sexual and intellectual awakening. The novel is not about the 'idea' of two women in love, though Brownrigg's unabashedly honest portrait of same-sex desire is certain to nourish gay and lesbian readers. She had grown but not entirely changed. Winner of a 2002 Lambda Literary Award In a steam-filled diner in a college town, Flannery Jansen catches sight of something more beautiful than she's ever seen: a graduate student, reading. Each chapter was only 1 page and it made reading it a lot easier and smoother. Not sure I'll read the follow-up book when it comes out, but. Suddenly Flannery is thrown back twenty years to her eighteen-year-old self and the most intense love affair of her entire life.
There are not many fiction book that do that to me. No matter how much it seems to hurt at the beginning, there will come a time in life when you will sit and smile at the memories from the moments that broke you into thousands of different tiny pieces. What else could you really ask for? A hauntingly beautiful love develops between the two in this tale either for young readers first discovering who they are and how they love, or for those remembering a rose-colored past. Hoping her careless unpracticed smoking might put a dent in that image. If you mean wanting to read more written by Sylvia Brownrigg, there is a sequel to Pages Well, you could get some books, open them up, and read them.