- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: ADULT LOCAL VINTAGE - MASS MKT (1 October 2018)
- ISBN-10: 0143791184
- ISBN-13: 978-0143791188
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.1 x 23.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Children’s House is an outstanding novel, written with exquisite lyricism, multiple metaphorical threads, sophisticated structuring and deep empathy for the world’s discarded and forgotten people. - The Australian
Subtle, brave and original. Spellbinding storytelling at its best and purest, it’s full of intriguing questions you are left thinking about long after the final page – if you’ve not been mothered properly, can you learn it, like most things in life? Can you be nurtured by someone else mothering you? From every twist and turn of the characters’ lives, to its well painted scenes and big, warm heart, The Children’s House stands out as one of the finest and most deeply rewarding reading experiences of 2018. - Better Reading
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Every once in a while a novel comes along that leaves the reader speechless. For me this book will go to almost the top of my all time favourite reading list. I have done nothing for a few days but bury myself inside this exquisite novel.
Marina and her husband, Jacob, were each born on a kibbutz in Israel. They meet years later at a university in California, when Jacob is a successful psychiatrist with a young son, Ben, from a disastrous marriage. The family moves to a brownstone in Harlem, formerly a convent inhabited by elderly nuns.
Outside the house one day Marina encounters Constance, a young refugee from Rwanda, and her toddler, Gabriel. Unmoored and devastated, Constance and Gabriel quickly come to depend on Marina; and her bond with the little boy intensifies. The blinding love that it is possible to feel for children not our own is the thread that weaves throughout The Children’s House.
This stunning novel, with exquisite prose, is a heart wrenching story tackling themes of displacement, dysfunctional parenting and mothers and motherhood in all forms. We learn about the consequences of helping another - both the pleasure as well as the potential harm. We learn about those who were desperate to love and those unable to show any form of love.
The Children's House teaches us about the ideologies of life on a kibbutz where children are taken from new born to live in a children's house and the consequences for both parent and child.
Savour this book, as you immerse yourself into the lives of a collection of the most marvellous characters. An utterly unique novel I know I will one day read once again.
A wonderful book club choice. All the stars for me.