ISBN: 193823538X
EAN13: 9781938235382
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 6, 2018
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1.06" H x 9.25" L x 6.38" W
Weight: 1.22 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Set in contemporary Louisville, Leesa Cross-Smith's mesmerizing first novel surrounding the death of a police officer is a requiem for marriage, friendship and family, from an author Roxane Gay has called a consummate storyteller.

Evi--a classically-trained ballerina--was nine months pregnant when her husband Eamon was killed in the line of duty on a steamy morning in July. Now, it is winter, and Eamon's adopted brother Dalton has moved in to help her raise six-month-old Noah.

Whiskey & Ribbons is told in three intertwining, melodic voices: Evi in present day, as she's snowed in with Dalton during a freak blizzard; Eamon before his murder, as he prepares for impending fatherhood and grapples with the danger of his profession; and Dalton, as he struggles to make sense of his life next to Eamon's, and as he decides to track down the biological father he's never known.

In the vein of Jojo Moyes' After You, Whiskey & Ribbons explores the life that continues beyond loss, with a complicated brotherly dynamic reminiscent of Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys. It's a meditation on grief, hope, motherhood, brotherhood and surrogate fatherhood. Above all, it's a novel about what it means--and whether it's possible--to heal.


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   Tedious maudlin misogynistic
I tried to keep going but I just couldn't stomach it. Two men objectify and devalue women. Their female counterpart is a cardboard cutout, which is idealized by the two men. The meaningless storyline doesn't go anywhere.
 
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   Too cumbersome.
I bought this book for my book club. I was very excited to read it. I want to like it but I can't. The writing is descriptive as well. The actions that the writer described were actions that one would have done. The book was cumbersome to read.
 
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   There was so much I loved about this story
It is time for a review of this book and I have been going back and forth about it for a long time. That's correct. I loved this story but hated it at the same time. It's funny. It's all about grief and figuring out how to survive without your heart. The author had a strong grip on that concept early on, but then everything started unraveling. It had a realistic feel to it. Maybe that was the point of it all. There is no one- size- fits- all way of living and dealing with grief.
 
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   Whiskey and Ribbons
I bought this book on Amazon. I had book 2 on my list for the readathon. The first time I saw this book, I had to buy it because it was so pretty. Whiskey and Ribbons was written by Leesa Cross- Smith. Evangeline and Eamon have a great marriage. He is a police officer and she is a ballerina. A baby is about to arrive. One day, fate had a different decision. A pact he made with his brother may be the key to letting go of the grief his death has caused and finding happiness for everyone involved, including baby Noah. I cried a lot when I read the book. There were some sad tears and some happy tears.
 
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   This book was written like a piece of classical music
A piece of classical music was written in the book. Smooth, rhythmic and beautiful. I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head after I finished this read. I didn't want it to end. The book provided a lot of grief, love, and family drama. I am still enamored with this book. It is a must read.
 
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   A Modern, Marvelous Love Story
Leesa's novel doesn't allow you to leave after you' ve finished. It's story and characters linger in your mind and heart. What it requires of us, what it shares with duty, and what it means to be a family are all explored in the novel. It forces us to think about how to allow what is supposed to happen in a life to move aside for what actually happens. A sexy, enduring story of how we go on when our worst fears come true.
 
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