Case Histories: A Novel

by Kate Atkinson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0316010707 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbookczukwing of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on 3/31/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbookczukwing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, March 31, 2007
rom the Publisher
A triumphant new novel from award-winner Kate Atkinson: a breathtaking story of families divided, love lost and found, and the mysteries of fate.

Case One: Olivia Land, youngest and most beloved of the Land girls, goes missing in the night and is never seen again. Thirty years later, two of her surviving sisters unearth a shocking clue to Olivia's disappearance among the clutter of their childhood home. . .

Case Two: Theo delights in his daughter Laura's wit, effortless beauty, and selfless love. But her first day as an associate in his law firm is also the day when Theo's world turns upside down. . .

Case Three: Michelle looks around one day and finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making. A very needy baby and a very demanding husband make her every waking moment a reminder that somewhere, somehow, she'd made a grave mistake and would spend the rest of her life paying for it--until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

As Private Detective Jackson Brodie investigates all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge. Inextricably caught up in his clients grief, joy, and desire, Jackson finds their unshakable need for resolution very much like his own.

Kate Atkinson's celebrated talent makes for a novel that positively sparkles with surprise, comedy, tragedy, and constant, page-turning delight.

Journal Entry 2 by wingbookczukwing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, July 15, 2007
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but after a pang and twinge I always get when i read of a child's death or when a child goes missing, I was really absorbed in this book. Three unrelated cases with the detective Jackson Brodie linking them all-- fascinating how Atkinson interweaves the characters and stories. Nothing is entirely quite like it seems and the back and forth telling of tales really serves the stories well. It is a well told tale, though nothing shocking. The dark sides of life do work their way throughout and are not confined to the edges of the story. EAch of the various characters are well drawn, from the Land sisters, to poor Michelle and her parson.

Jackson, himself, is an interesting character-- caught in midlife, yearning for a new existence (France, maybe?) The author made me laugh when she wrote tha the:
was at that dangerous age when men suddenly notice that they're going to die eventually, inevitably, and there isn't a damn thing they can do about it, but that doesn't stop them from trying, whether it's shagging anything that moves or listening to early Bruce Springsteen and buying a top-of-the-range motorbike ... thus considerably upping their chances of meeting death even earlier than anticipated.

Heh-- the curse of the red car in pure British form.

All in all, a good read. All in all, a good read, both hopeful and somewhat mournful at the same time. But I guess that's par for the course when you are trying to put tragedy to rest.



Journal Entry 3 by wingbookczukwing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, August 14, 2007
With one of the AngelFishers

Released 15 yrs ago (9/18/2007 UTC) at Muddy Waters Coffee Bar 1739 Maybank Hwy At Folly in Charleston, South Carolina USA

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Journal Entry 5 by rebekkila from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I picked this up a week ago, sorry it took so long to register it.

Journal Entry 6 by rebekkila from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Friday, August 7, 2009
The thing that made this book was the Private detective, Jackson, under the influence of his 8 year old daughter.I enjoyed te book, but without there interactions it may have been hard to relate.

Journal Entry 7 by rebekkila from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Friday, August 21, 2009
Friendkelly has this.

Journal Entry 8 by rebekkila from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Sunday, December 6, 2009
FriendKelly returned this, she said she liked it a lot. It will be released at the next meet-up.

Released 12 yrs ago (1/10/2010 UTC) at Panera Bread-5070 International Blvd in North Charleston, South Carolina USA

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I will bring this to the meet-up.

Journal Entry 10 by GeecheGirl from North Charleston, South Carolina USA on Sunday, January 10, 2010
Caught at the meet-up today.

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