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A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl

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From National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of The Year We Left Home comes a moving family saga about three generations of women who struggle to find freedom and happiness in their small Midwestern college town.

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a poignant novel about three generations of the Wise family—Evelyn, Laura, and Grace—as they hunt
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: October 9th 2018 by Simon Schuster
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Mahala
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the ARC.

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a story about three generations of women in the Wise family. I believe the point of this novel is to try to answer whether each generation of women is doomed to be exactly like their mother or if they can change their course. It seems this was meant to be poignant and moving and affect us all in some deep way but honestly, it was terrible and dull. This was a story about a woman trapped in a loveless marr
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Diane
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Shuster for an e-copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. "It was another in a series of abnormal days made normal." A quote from the book that pretty much described the underlying feeling. The characters were all well-developed but they were all very sad people. I kept waiting for something good to happen.
Basically, it is a story about three generations of women. There was the grandmother who married hastily and spent the rest of her life wishing she
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Dan Radovich
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful writing, as always, from Thompson telling the story of three generations of women. The tale spans from WWII to the present in a small Midwestern college town. Evelyn opted to be a housewife/Mother, Laura (her daughter) is in a marriage with a man whose expectations of everyone surprise her, and her daughter Grace seems to be floundering. Do women follow the same life pattern of previous generations? Thompson tackles that assumption in an at times heart-wrenching, always brilliant, nove ...more
Ann
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Multi family generational stories are probably my favorite read. This book covers three women, Evelyn, Laura and Grace from World War II to the present. The three women are somewhat alike but trying to be very different than the previous generation. The story focus is Grace, my favorite. There is a section for each lady but Grace does interact with the others throughout the story. The location pretty much stays the same for the entire reading, midwestern normal. All three of the women experience ...more
Jamckean
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jean Thompson is an extraordinarily talented author; her latest novel is as remarkable as her highly acclaimed THE YEAR WE LEFT HOME. Her characters are exquisitely drawn, their vulnerabilities revealed, hopes and deepest fears exposed. She masterfully articulates the challenges faced by three generations of women, their sacrifices and unrealized expectations as mothers, wives and daughters. A CLOUD IN THE SHAPE OF A GIRL is one of those unique books that stays with you weeks after you turn the ...more
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Suzie Schmidt
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to this story. It was a tale of three generations of women who appear to follow a similar lot in life of a loveless marriage and a life of forgoing dreams. I found myself annoyed at the characters who I found shallow and weak. The transitions back and forth between women were missing something. I found them abrupt and I often had to pause to figure out who I was listening to.
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I agree with a lot of the three star reviews. I normally enjoy books about women’s interiors and emotional lives, and this book dives deeply into that territory, but i just couldn’t engage with any of the characters or the narratives but so much. It’s not horrible but there is better women’s fiction out there.
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Jean Thompson’s compelling new novel — about three generations of Midwestern women in the Wise family — asks this core question:

“By serving her family, is a woman destined to repeat the mistakes of previous generations, or can she transcend the expectations of a place, and a time? Can she truly be free?”

Her gracious response is played out in the lives of Evelyn, Laura, and Grace, from WWII to the present, as they traverse paths of joy, loss, triumph, and despair. Another winning narrative from
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Jean Thompson is a New York Times bestselling author and her new novel, The Humanity Project will be published by Blue Rider Press on April 23, 2013.

Thompson is also the author of the novel The Year We Left Home, the acclaimed short fiction collections Do Not Deny Me, and Throw Like a Girl as well as the novel City Boy; the short story collection Who Do You Love, and she is a 1999 National Book
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