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Object Lessons [Mass Market Paperback]

Anna Quindlen
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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March 22 1992
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
"Elaborate and playful...Honest and deeply felt....Here is the Quindlen wit, the sharp eye for the details of class and manners, [and] the ardent reading of domestic lives."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
It is the 1960s, in suburban New York City. Maggie and her family, are in the thrall of her powerful grandfather Jack Scanlan. In the summer of her twelfth year, Maggie is despertately trying to master the object lessons her grandfather fills her head with. But there is too much going on to concentrate. Everything at home is in upheaval, her grandfather is changing, and Maggie is unsure if what she wants is worth having....

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From Publishers Weekly

In this absorbing coming-of-age novel, a Literary Guild selection in cloth that spent 10 weeks on PW 's bestseller list, New York Times columnist Quindlen skillfully conveys the fierce ethnic pride of Irish and Italian communities.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-- This first novel is an insightful family chronicle, an informed commentary on the '60s, and the coming-of-age depiction of a mother and daughter. As 13-year-old Maggie struggles with her identity within the boisterous Scanlan clan, her mother also finds her own place within the patriarchal family that has never accepted her. Both women experience rites of passage during the fateful summer that a housing development is being built behind their home, infringing on their emotional and physical spaces. A fast-paced plot involves small fires set in the development by Maggie's friends and romantic tension between her mother and a man from her past. Readers will appreciate Maggie's dilemmas as she grapples with peer pressure and sexual bewilderment, and as she begins to understand her mother, whose discontent oddly parallels her own. --Jackie Gropman, Richard Byrd Library, Springfield, VA-
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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EVER AFTER, WHENEVER SHE SMELLED THE PECULIAR ODOR of new construction, of pine planking and plastic plumbing pipes, she would think of that summer, think of it as the time of changes. Read the first page
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1.0 out of 5 stars Silly pointless book May 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been meaning to read some of Anna Quindlan's work, and this one was at the libary, so I thought, why not? Well, all I can say is that if Quindlen wasn't a well known writer, this is the type of manuscript that an editor would toss into the trash.
Too many characters, too many POV, to the point where you really got them confused. No plot, no story. The cliches were enough to make you cry, as were the stereotyped characters. The mean and demanding family patriarch, the family feud because a member married someone who wasn't their own kind, the precocious 13 year old girl. None of these characters are really explained, or have any depth. For example, why does Connie start seeing another man? Why is Maggie intrigued with fire? Why is her cousin so mean? And what's with the nun, who was reading Jane Eyre? Whatever was that about?
I couldn't wait to return this trash to the library. I seriously thought about just telling the library I had lost it, so no one else would mistakenly take this out, thinking that the Quindlen name means its a decent read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Typical Girl "Coming of Age" Story Jan. 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yes, it's "that summer" for the young preteen girl when everything seems to change. She muddles through changing friendships, her parents' possible marriage problems, her grandfather's death (he's the controlling family patriarch) and her own feelings of right and wrong/morality. This was not a bad book, but I don't think it is Anna Quindlen's best book. I kept hoping for a great revelation or something to kind of wrap the story up, towards the end it just seemed to drift to a conclusion. Unfortunately, not much sets it apart from many other young girl "coming of age" stories out there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light Reading- Not great, but charming Sept. 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are sufficient descriptions of the storyline of this book in previous reviews. There aren't too many characters IMO, and if the conflicts of the protagonist don't seem deeply examined, perhaps Ms. Quindlen should receive kudos for not writing a twelve/thirteen year old girl who has all the insights of an adult. We are, after all, seeing her conflicts through her eyes. It's a quick and easy read, and as it is written largely from the perspective of an adolescent, it is a bit like going back and re-reading a book from one's own adolescence, with the possible twist of also re-living one's own adolescence a bit. This book never made me cry, nor did it ever make me laugh out loud, so if you're looking for cathartic involvement, this may not be the book you're looking for. If you're looking for a quiet read that examines emotional transitions with some distance and objectivity, you're closer to the mark. The story's best moments are those which describe Maggie's times alone, which include some nice sense-memory descriptions and accurately portray the near-disembodied feelings of isolation of an adolescent girl. I was drawn to Maggie's parents, and while there is some nice development of her mother Connie (particularly with respect to her relationship to Maggie and her relationship to motherhood in general) I found myself at the end of the book without the corresponding insight into her father Tommy that I was looking for. The story is strangely simultaneously depressing and comforting- the resolution is that there are no real resolutions, and as Maggie's mother says, that things aren't good or bad, things just are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite July 6 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the best book I have read in a long time. Many of my friends complained that it moved too slowly, but I attribute that slowness to the development of the characters. Although Maggie is the main character, I think of her as a catalyst to telling the "real" story: that of the metamorphasis of her family. Everyone comes to the point in their lives when they realize that their family is the the epitome of perfection, and this is the point in time when Maggie realizes this for her family, her friends, and herself. This is one of the few modern books I will keep in my personal library.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to give it more stars .... Aug. 6 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wanted to, I really did! But I just can't bring myself to do it. I read "One True Thing" and "Black and Blue" and loved them both. My copy of "Object Lessons" mentions B&B on it, which should have been a dead givaway that this was a weak fledgling effort first novel by the author, which it was. Oh, it had it's moments, but they were few and far between. Overall the feeling was just sadness bordering on depression, the kind of novels that were in abundance in the 70's. Perhaps that's when she wrote it. I would not recommend it to anyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Exasperating and Dull Jan. 7 2002
By Pamela
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is clearly the work of an amateur; it reads as though it is Ms. Quindlen's first work, perhaps left unpublished since early adolescence (and with GOOD reason), and picked up in the early nineties by hungry publishing executives. It reads as though it tried to be a Young Adult book but was far too boring, so it was slightly retooled for adults. The problems are too simple; anyone, even a 12 year old, with the slightest bit of backbone could have broken free of Papa Scanlan's money-based power and lived a meaningful life. Such weak characters deserve no time pulled from the busy life of an avid reader. If you want to read Anna Quindlen at her best, pick up a copy of "Black and Blue". Don't waste your time with "Object Lessons".
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1.0 out of 5 stars Object Lesson:Anticipation Sometimes Leads to Disappointment
I read Anna Quindlen's column regularly, for over a decade, in "The New York Times." I clipped many of them and saved them. I thought she was a wonderful writer. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars One of those books that you can not resist
As a summer reading assignment I thought that Object Lessons would be boring as most reading projects usually are. Except this was not the case. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2001 by Meghan
3.0 out of 5 stars And the Object of the Lesson is??
I read Anna Quindlen's essays in Newsweek with passion and devotion. In picking up one of her books, I expected to see the same richness of language and depth of expression and... Read more
Published on July 15 2001 by "adasbooks"
4.0 out of 5 stars Anne Tyler-ish
This is a good coming-of-age story not only for adults, but for advanced teen readers as well. However, it's not just the story of Maggie, a 12 year old at a watershed between... Read more
Published on April 25 2001 by Amy
1.0 out of 5 stars Roxanne
I am so glad that I took this book out of the library and didn't waste money on it. There was no plot to speak of, the characters were so sterotyped--Irish Catholics vs Italian... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars I found it hard to follow
I had to read Object Lessons as a summer reading assignment going into my Junior year of High School and it was a very well developed novel. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2000 by Kristen
4.0 out of 5 stars ummmm......
I really liked this book and can relate to it very well, especially the parts about the fires and how Maggie learned that she didn't have to be apart of them to have friends. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2000
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