Item description for Life with Strings Attached by Minnie Lamberth...
Sometimes the world we know is too small for our dreams. "I just enjoyed the daylights out of this book . . . Minnie Lamberth's writing reads like the truth, which is the gift of all the best fiction."
Leif Enger, Author of Peace Like a River "When she tells everyone she's bound for the Promised Land, 'A lot of people weren't nearly as interested,' Hannah confesses, 'as you'd think they'd be.' But we are. Life with Strings Attached holds us right to the final line, laughing at the fun stuff, bearing her burdens, and expecting--as Hannah always does--a miracle."
Mary Hood, author of How Far She Went, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and many other books Joy, innocence, and a child's unique outlook on life shine through this stunning debut novel. Full of spiritual sensitivities, Life with Strings Attached offers rare wisdom about life, mothers and fathers and daughters, and faith.
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Studio: Paraclete Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2005
Publisher Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN 1557254168 ISBN13 9781557254160
Reviews - What do customers think about Life with Strings Attached?
3.5 Stars, Actually Feb 20, 2007
I picked up this book just to see what the Paraclete Award winners are writing since Leif Enger won it with Peace Like a River.
I have to admit, I usually like a little more "meat"--not so much saccharine. The story itself is well-written, cute, and from my point of view, not meant to be some heavy philosophical work.
To address another critic's opinion about "southern" literature: just because an author is from the South doesn't mean he or she is going to write in the same style of O'Connor or Faulkner. Every person has their own voice, and it is unfair to judge a writer's work based on their geography and the writers from the same geographical location. I can't remember the last time I read a blurb about "in the Northern tradition..."
Authors from the South are not all trying to write the next Southern Gothic masterpiece. Authors from the South are just telling a story like anyone else.
With that said, I judge the book on its own distinct merits. It is well-written and a good, clean book for children in particular.
I give it 3.5 stars because there is a sense of the plot being too contrived.
A good effort, but I believe I might have given it second or third place as opposed to the others in the same category.
Delightful! Jan 9, 2007
This book was a delightful read. The characters were enjoyable, the story interesting, the ending satisfying. A book doesn't have to be full of angst, murder and mayhem, and moral depravity to be a success. The world could use a few more stories like this. Reading can be fun!
Reminder of Home Apr 22, 2005
Being a Southerner who's lived away from my southern homeland for the past few years, I appreciated finding Ms Lamberth's book as it took me back to my childhood in Mississippi. Don't all little girls recall the excitement of a new Easter outfit or the unwavering affection of the family dog especially when we're feeling blue!
Lamberth's description of the children's surprise when their mother started looking for a job was so on target for those decades back when most moms' work consisted mainly of house cleaning, cooking, laundry and shopping. And what neighborhood didn't have a strange character like Mr. Stevens who caused kids' imaginations to run wild trying to guess what went on behind his door.
Reading Life with Strings Attached allowed me to take a break from the noise and violence of television and murder mysteries and enjoy few relaxing evenings spent reliving events from my own childhood as I learned about Hannah's. I hope we'll see more from Lamberth as she shares the softer side of life.
A feel-good story from beginning to end Apr 20, 2005
As I read this warm, light story, I relived what it was like to grow up female in a small town, where men were in charge of almost everything and women were the teachers and secretaries. Minnie Lamberth's words are full of truth. Hannah's thoughts reminded me of my own confusion as I tried to follow what I was taught and kept bumping into the real world at every turn. As a reader, you hope that her idealism won't be spoiled, that her innocence will not be tainted, because there are so many stories about the "real world" winning out over idealistic beliefs. By the end of the book, I found myself relieved that the author let us have a feel-good story from beginning to end.
This isn't a book where your guts will be clenched with worry or your knuckles will be white as you grasp it toward a raucous conclusion. It's like lilacs on a spring morning in the Midwest -- you get close enough to sniff the sweet scent, and savor it while you can, because it doesn't last long, but it's beautiful while it's there.
A Pleasure We Need Apr 20, 2005
What a sweet, sweet story at a time when we need to be called back to the decency of home life and simple pleasures of growing up!