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An extraordinary debut from a talented new voice, Up from the Blue untangles the year in Tillie's life that changed everything: 1975, the year her mother disappeared.
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By David on 09-04-13
A Glimpse Into Other Worlds Can be Uncomfortable
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would, with the caveat that this is not a happy, shiny story. It is gritty, and real, and at times very painful, so not for the casual listener or reader.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Up from the Blue?
The moment we find out the secret of the ruby cup. Any more would be a spoiler.
Which scene was your favorite?
The ending, because it was complete and satisfying.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Keeping Secrets can more dangerous than letting go.
Any additional comments?
This is a deeply insightful novel, dark and bleak. It's not escapist fiction - but the opposite. It removes layers from the real world surrounding us and a glimpse of what lies beneath the veneer we call normalcy.
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By Mary Anne Mong Cramer on 05-15-18
Who is the intended audience?
Is this a young readers novel, or an adult novel? I thought this was going to be a look at the complex mental health issues that can push a family to, and beyond, their limits. It is, but the entire story is told through the eyes of an 8 year old trying to "fix" her mother's depression and anxiety, while Colonel Dad runs the household. She did not understand enough to make it psycologically interesting. Yep, it rocked her world and left her confused and lonley. This would have been a nice novella, but it was entirely too long with too little adult insight to be an interesting adult read. It would have been interesting to have each family tell a part of the story, rather than an 8 year old's interpretation of the adult motives and emotions.