Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award: "Unqualified praise goes to this rarity: an extraordinary novel about ordinary people."--Chicago TribuneThe year is 1940, and Rhoda Taber is pregnant with her first child. Satisfied with her comfortable house in a New Jersey suburb and her reliable husband, Leonard, she expects that her life will be predictable and secure. Surprised by an untimely death, an unexpected illness, and the contrary natures of her two daughters, Rhoda finds that fate undermines her sense of entitlement and security. Shrewd, wry, and sometimes bitter, Rhoda reveals herself to be a wonderfully flawed and achingly real woman caught up in the unexpectedness of her own life.
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And though Rhoda is often obtuse (with ""an inadequate inner life""), she and gently intelligent pharmacist-husband Leonard become financially secure parents of two young daughters, always realistic, ready to ""bear what was bearable."" But when Rhoda's boisterous, adored mother dies of cancer, o...| Read Full Review of Household Words: A Novel
Silber’s lean, aloof style, which made last year’s Ideas of Heaven a National Book Award finalist, is evident here in her first novel about Rhoda Taber, an ordinary woman living an unremarkable life in a 1940s affluent New Jersey community.| Read Full Review of Household Words: A Novel
Silber (Ideas of Heaven) follows Rhoda from Suzanne's birth, in 1940, to late middle age, episodically exploring Rhoda's ""unremitting force of character"" and sometimes ""startling hardness."" Rhoda and Leonard socialize, do some low-level schmoozing, and mundanely move along through the '40s, u...| Read Full Review of Household Words: A Novel
In a short time, life comes undone for Rhoda: two family members die, and Rhoda finds herself raising two daughters alone.| Read Full Review of Household Words: A Novel
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