Norton Company first published November 6th More Details Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 2. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Getting Colder is a sometimes witty, other times melancholy, novel of satire that was unlike anything I have read for a while. It has no loud bells and whistles, but is a subtle novel that draws you into the lives of some really exceptional characters.
What's the book about? They were colour-supplement darlings of the s: Patrick, the sexy, ferocious young playwright, scourge of an enthralled establishment, and Sara, who abandoned her two children to fulfil her destiny as Patrick's beautiful, Getting Colder is a sometimes witty, other times melancholy, novel of satire that was unlike anything I have read for a while.
They were colour-supplement darlings of the s: Patrick, the sexy, ferocious young playwright, scourge of an enthralled establishment, and Sara, who abandoned her two children to fulfil her destiny as Patrick's beautiful, devoted wife and muse. Thirty-five years later, Sara's death leaves Patrick alone in their crumbling house in Cornwall, with his whisky, his writer's block and his undimmed rage against the world. But bereavement is no respecter of life's estrangements, and Sara's children, Louise and Nigel, are now adults, with memories, questions and agendas of their own.
Getting Colder is a painfully funny and perceptive novel about family, love, and how sometimes the harder you look, the less you find. My Review: Sara has passed away, this brings the family together, all converging on Patrick who is Louise and Nigel's stepfather essentially , this is not a very happy family reunion.
Sara had abandoned her family to be with Patrick 35 years earlier and feelings run deep around it all. She's gone now, but everyone else is still living in the ripples of her decision. Patrick is a stand out character in this book, somewhat eccentric, grouchy, rude, selfish and brash.
But in his hey day he was a creative genius, after writing a series of plays, one of which was hugely successful and helped make Patrick and Sara wealthy at the time. The adult children try to know Patrick, and it's not easy as feelings run deep, Patrick is not exactly the warm father figure type, in fact he's quite the opposite, children would have been quite a nuisance to his need for quiet to be creative and do his work.
Louise and Nigel know little of their Mother and how she lived her life, there is a burning need to know things. It's about a dysfunctional situation, but in the midst of a lot of sadness and anger there are some very witty, funny moments in this book, heart warming even in places. A young woman had arranged to interview Sara and Patrick and is unaware of Sara's death and turns up in the midst of the funeral and the grieving and questions that are going on. She imparts a whole other level of feeling to the novel, I can't share much more about her due to spoiling it for you, but I loved the fact she was in this book and adored her character for many reasons.
Very clever writing. Some things in this book totally took me aside, some moments that shocked me, even ones I saw coming but when they happened I was still in awe of the event. This is not a fast paced novel by any means, nor is it full of action, at times dark and brooding even, moving along revealing it's magic slowly, bit by bit.
It's an in-depth study of a complex family. As the adult children get to know more about their Mother whom essentially they lost, feelings run high and words are said that can't be taken back.
It's got a lot of deep emotional moments in this book. It's one to curl up with when you can give it your full attention. For fans of books that explore human relationships, secrets, marriage and family. A very well written book by Amanda Coe that I really enjoyed reading. This book was given to me thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had two stabs at it, but had to conclude that I just didn't want to read about this family. This sad story is about Sara a mother of two who leaves them to be with sexy playwright Patrick.
Sara is sent sexy letters by Patrick. After 35 years Sara dies leaving Patrick alone in his crumbling house in Cornwall. Sara's children Louise and Nigel who are now adults want answers from Patrick how their mother died, they are finding it hard to come to terms that their mother suddenly died.
And Sara has ideas about the crumbling house. I recommend Getting Colder to readers that like reading abou This sad story is about Sara a mother of two who leaves them to be with sexy playwright Patrick. I recommend Getting Colder to readers that like reading about family problems. This story has left me haunted long after I had finished it An intense novel of the realities of family dysfunction combined with psychological intrigue are skillfully explored in Amanda Coe's "The Love She Left Behind: A Novel" This novel was released in the U.
In Patrick Conway, a famous bachelor British playwright married 30 year old Sara, who left behind a husband and two small children to devote her life to him. The story opens some 35 years later, after Sara's sudden unexpected death from stomach cancer. Patrick notified her adult children Nigel and Louise through a neighbor that their mother had passed, and invited them to his home in Cornwall to assist him in sorting through their mother's belongings.
After years of family estrangement, this was surprising, as neither Nigel or Louise knew Sara was even ill. The once grand villa at Cornwall, was in a run down state of disrepair suggesting Patrick and Sara were too elderly or infirm to care for their home or maintain family connections.
Nigel and Louise were estranged, and barely familiar with one another. In grieving and highly conflicted emotional state, they sought closure and remaining hope of evidence of their mothers love for them. Patrick, a raging elderly geezer who smoked drank whiskey to deal with writers block, distraught over Sara's death, mired in his own grief. Unchanging, Patrick's temperamental attitude, distance, the selfishness necessary maintain his creative edge as a one time gifted playwright.
Nigel, an unhappy emotionally distant solicitor, an indecisive father of two wrangles over the content of his mothers will. The sadness and disconnection he felt from his wife Sophie, leading him to question and over analyze his actions and emotions, as he wanted to do the right thing in his family haunted by maternal abandonment. Louise, a single mother of two, is without plans or accomplished goals, unsettled, too disorganized manage her life in a reasonable order. When Louise moved in to stay at the Cornwall villa, Patrick was rude and condescending towards her, not exactly the supportive step-fatherly type.
There was so much sadness, as Louise was constantly reminded how little she knew her mother as the story went back and forth examining her coming of age beginning in childhood and dealing with the pain of maternal loss. One particular incident: the grand new house in Cornwall was obviously more important and brought Sara more joy than connecting emotionally or nurturing her children. When Mia arrived a carefree MA graduate student to interview Patrick about his influence and work, this story takes an interesting and engaging turn.
Mia also represents possibility, a change, and fresh outlook on this depressing situation, in spite of her own obvious agenda, which adds an interesting and unpredictable element to the storyline. The reader won't learn the reason why Patrick was important enough to cause Sara to abandon her former husband and children.
Patrick, Nigel and Louise were deeply conflicted problematic characters, connected through Sara's seemingly unremarkable life as a wife and muse of a solitary man and his past claim to fame. As the story unfolds between present and past recall of Louise and Nigel's childhood, love notes from Patrick and Sara's courtship, reveal Patrick's obsessive lust and desire Sara as a young mother; also parts of Patrick's scripts from his plays, that add insight to his character.
This isn't a tidy story that fits neatly into an author illustrated compartment easily understood and accepted. Instead, with an element of satire, the novel inspires questioning, reflection and examination of how individual life choices have such a profound impact on others.
Amanda Coe is a screenwriter and filmmaker in addition to being a bestselling author. I recently received this book as a Goodreads giveaway, and while I very much enjoy receiving literature to review, sadly, this story is simply not one of which I am fond of. The story begins with son Nigel making preparations for his mother's Sara funeral. It becomes instantly clear that Nigel is not close with his mother.
Funeral preparations lead to estate and inheritance decisions which are left to be taken care of by Nigel. The following months ensue with drama, chaos, and disaster If you are looking for a more in depth summary, there are many other reviews here that are much better than any I could ever provide : One thing I immediately noticed about the characters: not a single one is particularly likeable.
I was sure that feeling would go away You turn the last page of the book every bit as annoyed with the characters as when you first opened the cover. Overall, the book was "meh". Most certainly not the best book I've ever read, but most certainly not the worst either. If I'm being honest, I ended the book and kind of felt myself saying "That was kind of a waste of time. Maybe its just not my type of book.
Maybe I just didn't "get it". Because I didn't relate to the characters. I didn't learn anything from them. They weren't as fully developed as I had hoped, etc.
Would I recommend this book to a friend? Honestly, no. BUT there are quite a number of people who say they thoroughly enjoyed it Some people live in the past, either because they've never managed to come to grips with modern life, or because there are too many good things still left, they believe, which make it worth hanging on to.
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