Shelter Me

Shelter Me By Juliette Fay, Shelter Me In the tradition of Marisa de los Santos and Anne Tyler comes a moving debut about a young mother s year of heartbreak loss and forgivenessd help that arrives from unexpected sourcesFour months afte
  • Title: Shelter Me
  • Author: Juliette Fay
  • ISBN: 9780061673399
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shelter Me By Juliette Fay, In the tradition of Marisa de los Santos and Anne Tyler comes a moving debut about a young mother s year of heartbreak, loss, and forgivenessd help that arrives from unexpected sourcesFour months after her husband s death, Janie LaMarche remains undone by grief and anger Her mourning is disrupted, however, by the unexpected arrival of a builder with a contract to addIn the tradition of Marisa de los Santos and Anne Tyler comes a moving debut about a young mother s year of heartbreak, loss, and forgivenessd help that arrives from unexpected sourcesFour months after her husband s death, Janie LaMarche remains undone by grief and anger Her mourning is disrupted, however, by the unexpected arrival of a builder with a contract to add a porch onto her house Stunned, Janie realizes the porch was meant to be a surprise from her husband now his last gift to her.As she reluctantly allows construction to begin, Janie clings to the familiar outposts of her sorrow mothering her two small children with fierce protectiveness, avoiding friends and family, and stewing in a rage she can t release Yet Janie s self imposed isolation is breached by a cast of unlikely interventionists her chattering, ipecac toting aunt her bossy, over manicured neighbor her muffin bearing cousin and even Tug, the contractor with a private grief all his own.As the porch takes shape, Janie discovers that the unknowable terrain of the future is best navigated with the help of others even those we least expect to call on, much less learn to love.
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    1. Juliette Fay

      Juliette Fay s latest novel, The Tumbling Turner Sisters Simon Schuster , recounts the adventures of a poverty stricken family of four girls who try their hand as an acrobatic act in vaudeville in 1919 It was inspired by the life of her vaudevillian great grandfather Available now for pre order publication date June 14.Juliette has three previous novels The Shortest Way Home was chosen as one of Library Journal s Top 5 Best Books of 2012 Women s Fiction Shelter Me was a 2009 Massachusetts Book Award Must Read Book and on the American Booksellers Association s Indie Next list Deep Down True was short listed for the Women s Fiction award by the American Library Association Juliette received a bachelor s degree from Boston College and a master s degree from Harvard University She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children.

    383 thoughts on “Shelter Me”


    1. This book is so amazing, especially since the author, Juliette Fay, admits she s never been widowed and that this book stemmed from her obsessive fear of losing her husband at a young age In my case, this book was like looking in a mirror There were times when I had to put it down and walk away as my sobbing disrupted my young daughter s play Fay really reaches into that deep, dark place we widows walk daily in her beautiful yet flawed character The young widow s attitudes, anger, restentment, a [...]


    2. Story about a woman who lost her husband in a bicycle accident, and how she must learn to carry on, with her young son and baby daughter Of course she s mad, and doesn t want to get up in the morning, that s expected This is about her friendships and how they eventually bring her out of the worst of the grieving period.I didn t like this nearly as well as the others who have already reviewed it Seemed like so much of it was drivel, not important to the story Just boring parts Maybe it was just m [...]


    3. From my blog lifeinthethumbThis is a new author to me and one that I will definitely be reading of in the future This book was truly a great read I enjoyed how the author went between entries of Janie s journal and then back to the story I loved Janie s character and even loved her when she would get pissed off and throw a fit She misses her husband so much that she is drowning in the day to day monotony of life With the help of her cousin and aunt, plus a few other characters you will get to k [...]


    4. I absolutely loved this book.This is a story about a young widow left to raise two young children after the tragic death of her husband He leaves behind a request to have a porch built on their house, a porch that will provide shelter for his family There have been some discussions about the cover of the book When I look at the cover I see a mother and her child wrapped in a patchwork quilt Each patch represents an event, a memory, and a person that has provided some sort of assistance to Janie [...]


    5. A widow with two small children learns about herself, her family and rediscovers love At first I groaned another book that I picked up focused on a woman whose husband died, then as I got in to it I began to like the character She is a Catholic woman who is really prickly, begins to fall in love with her priest and then falls for the guy who was predictable from the beginning the carpenter another bibilical reference who keeps adding work on the construction project to be near her That was clear [...]


    6. Warning there are some minor spoilers.2.5 stars Mom of two young kids deals with her newly widowed status Takes place in Massachusetts, with scenes on the Cape, a hallmark of women s fiction You have to have a beach house somewhere, right There are some lovely, real, and raw scenes and it s easy to root for the main character She is winsome and flawed and completely believable I enjoyed her relationship with her Aunt Jude side note there are a lot of names starting with J in this book The religi [...]


    7. I will admit that I began reading this book assuming I wouldn t like it Fay is one of my mother s good friends, and it s hard to imagine someone you know having the creativity and intelligence to publish a full length novel, let alone a GOOD full length novel This book is also a genre I would not normally pick up enjoy.But read it I did, and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it I couldn t put the book down once I started I had to find out what happened to the characters whom I quickly grew to lov [...]


    8. I hesitate to given this three stars without explaining that I think that three stars is a decent rating The main character is a young woman with two children widowed suddently The novel takes you through the first year following her husband s accident and all of her emotional adjustment and angst I found myself somewhat annoyed with her at times because of her insular approach to things, not realizing how her behavior and emotions might be affecting those around her simply trying to understand [...]


    9. This is the perfect take me away book Fay s easy to read prose allows the reader to immediately identify with her main character Without spoiling the plot, this tale of a grieving single mom, will make even the greatest cynic into a romantic I loved the characters, setting, and recipes A book with food Yum


    10. Depressing and unpleasant I don t like the subject It s grief and an unlikeable heroineORY BRIEF This is women s fiction with some romance at the end Janie s husband died in a bicycle accident The story takes place during the subsequent year.OPINION It s hard to like a book when you do not like the main character Janie She is antagonistic, snide, snotty, insufferably irritable, sarcastic, angry, hurting others, and disrespectful to others One character said to her You snarl and snipe at people a [...]


    11. A tragic bike accident leaves a family of four struggling to adjust to life as a family of three A young mother of two a toddler and an infant, navigates her new life with the help of eccentric characters and friends.This book, much unlike the others I have read lately, is not a thrilling, page turner Instead, it moved slowly Almost too slowly at times I nearly put this book back on the shelf a number of times but chose to plod through it and am glad I did While I think chunks of this 415 page b [...]


    12. I really enjoyed listening to this story Julie LaMarche s husband, Robbie, is killed while out riding his bike and she is left alone to raise two young children She is consumed by both anger and grief and then meets the contractor, Tug, who arrives to build her a porch, which was the last gift given to her by her husband.There is so much in this story The characters are quite colorful, from her crazy aunt to her flamboyant neighbor I loved living the year through Julie s life The ending Priceles [...]


    13. I was really taken away by this story and in particular this author s writing style The thing is it s not an unusual story line, however, the way the author presents it is what makes this book just so very enjoyable About half way through I started worrying that it would be over I didn t want the story to end Lots of humor and wit in every page too I would say run out to your library or to Target and buy this book


    14. Juliette Fay s writing is wonderful She can paint detailed scenes with her words Unfortunately she wasted a lot of this book painting dull, mundane scenes I skipped pages after pages of details about the sandwiches the protagonist made for lunch, what she packed for the Cape, what she chose at a bakery, etc Too bad.


    15. What started out as just another chick lit novel became, for me, a truly enjoyable read with characters I really cared about Sprinkled throughout this tale of love and loss or accurately loss and love are words of wisdom, some humor and a great deal of realism.This is Juliette Fay s first novel I hope it will not be her last I will certainly look for her in the future.


    16. I liked this book alot It did drag for me abit about halfway but I m so glad I finished it Ended up really liking this story and became attached to the characters.


    17. This book is really hard to rate I d probably give it a 3 1 2 At some points I loved it and at other points I felt like it really dragged the story is about loss and grief and the sometimes unexpected people in your life who step in when you really need them I liked that theme and really enjoyed some of the relationships in the story, but I also felt like a lot of characters were a little underdeveloped.SPOILERS this story is about Janie and her life after her husband is tragically killed in a B [...]


    18. Janie LaMarche has recently lost her husband Rob in a biking accident In the four months since his death, she has been balanced on the edge of an overwhelmingly emotional crisis teetering from heartwrenching grief to blazing anger from day to day However, her mourning is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of a contractor with a building order to add a porch onto her house Bewildered by his sudden arrival, Janie slowly realizes that the porch was actually meant to be a surprise from her husband [...]


    19. Perhaps I should wait a day or two to write my thoughts about this book, since I just now finished reading it I have been engrossed in it for the last two days But my stack of books is tall, and I shouldn t wait lest I forget anything I think I ll just make a list and see where it takes me 1 I love the wonderful images Ms Fay presents with her words 2 I really, really dislike the foul language When someone uses words as deftly and compellingly as this author, why would they resort to the lazines [...]


    20. What a wonderful little find this was.Janey is a newly widowed mother of 38 Her husband died in a motorcycle accident that likely wouldn t have been fatal but for his own carelessness Janey s grief and anger released on everyone except her infant daughter and toddler son have just about consumed her when she finds out about her husband s last gift a new porch.She doesn t want this conspicuous reminder of the presence he had in her life and the absence she now has to face And she especially doesn [...]


    21. I can t say enough how enjoyable I found the experience of reading this book From the very first page, I felt like I was a part of Janie s life and felt a strong kinship with her pain and heavy grief Although I am not a mother, nor am I married, the writing style allowed me to empathise with Janie s struggles, rather than to pity her and to admire the strength it took her just to get out of bed in the morning It made me wonder how I would react if I found someone that I was committed to loving f [...]


    22. So far, not liking it The characters are sweet, but there are tons of tiny descriptive things in the book that are just not right for me So not right, that they arrest me in the middle of sentences to re write them So not right, that she drops useful details so late in the story that you have already developed a different image in your mind in order to fill in what she has left blank Some examples She describes her baby as sleeping with her arms over her head as if she were preparing to dive Div [...]


    23. The staggeringly high GR rating convinced me to set aside my instincts this looks dumb Title and cover echo the sentiment A brief skim shows that much dialogue is in all caps which basically guarantees that this will be BAD and read this despite myself, and while it was not as bad as I thought, it was not much better.Shelter Me takes on the incredibly whiny and unlikable Jane who has lost her husband and now has to take care of her two kids Jane is a miserable ingrate who blithely accepts the re [...]


    24. My sister told me to read this book after she finished it so I was quite sure I would love it She knows exactly the kind of book I like The last book she told me to read was The Help so she doesn t throw these recommendations around lightly I started this novel and fell headfirst into it within the first chapter The characters are vivid, real, and flawed Janie is a 38 year old mother with 2 young children in the grips of sorrow after the loss of her husband Robby in a freak bike accident This bo [...]


    25. Foi uma batalha dif cil este livro, ao inicio custou imenso a entrar na hist ria mas do meio at ao fim do livro leu se muito bem, a hist ria de uma mulher de 40 anos que fica vi va da forma mais estapaf rdia poss vel e que tem de tomar conta de dois filhos pequenos o mi do era mesmo fofo e tinha umas tiradas muito giras e lidar com a depress o causada pela s bita morte de um marido que amava profundamente, no meio de tudo isto tem de lidar com a tia que a ajuda, com a m e com a qual tem uma rela [...]


    26. You wouldn t think a book about a 38 year old new widow with two small children could be hilarious, hopeful, and uplifting, but Shelter Me does just that Then there are scenes that are so heart breakingly full of raw grief or sweet poignancy, that your eyes tear up I think it s this rollercoaster of emotions that makes Janie LaMarche s first year of being a widow, putting the pieces of her life back together, feel so realistic and satisfying.Janie LaMarche is such a delightful protagonist I knew [...]


    27. Girlfriend, wife, mother, widowl these titles describe the main character s roles in life as the story unfolded.Her first year as a widowed mother of two young children was very emotional.e had outbursts that made people stay away and that even included family who she alienated, but as the year wore on she realized she needed everyone and they were trying to help her through this difficult time since her young husband was killed in an accident.Her life wasn t without love, thoughe love of her ch [...]


    28. I read this book in less than 24 hours It wasn t necessarily because it was such an amazing book but it was because I have always wondered what I would do if my husband were to unexpectedly die What decisions would I make How would I respond I was sucked into Janie s life as she dealt with this life altering event I admired her commitment to her children as she slogged through the first year following her husband s death I really enjoyed her Aunt Jude and her lessons in serving and selflessness [...]


    29. I have had this book in my possession for a while Too long actually and I just kept going by it I m not sure why Two days ago I picked it up and started to read it It was slow at first but determined I kept reading I m so glad I did This is definitely going down as on of my favorites I read it on my Nook but I am off to buy a real book copy I will re read this again I have a son named Dylan so that was fun and the mention of Cape Cod where I live was also a fun part to read I really loved all th [...]


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