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After meeting at a boatman’s bash on the Snake River river runners Maddy and Dalt embark on a lifelong love affair They marry on the banks of the Buffalo Fork sure they’ll live there the rest of their days Forced by the economics of tourism to leave Wyoming they start a new adventure opening their own river This will not be an interesting review I connected in a very intimate way with Pete Fromm's people Mad and Dalt It feels personal and that makes me want to talk only about myself Go read it yourself and see if it flies for youI resisted this novel at first I'd heard Pete Fromm read a chapter and I could hear his voice reading from the first lines when I was wanting to hear Maddy the point of view character I thought well this won't do There are sex scenes at the beginning which I don't often enjoy in fiction I might have given up The chapters jump through space and time one to the next But like the last book I liked what I was reading and kept on a few pages Reading right to the edgeAnd then I fell I fell hard in love with this love story and that's what it is a story about love about two people who know their own luck and do the best they can and fall hard for one another every single day for the whole of their lives together I imagine there are plenty of plot summaries around so let me say that it's my own luck when I find two two books to love as dearly as I do this one and the one I read just before Falling from Horses by Molly Gloss Maybe Gloss's book put me in the mood for this one Maybe the pairs of books I've loved over the years is not so unusual—it's bound to happen that I find two books in a row to love when I read dozens each year Or maybe I planned it this way starting a half dozen books reading to about page ninety and giving up when I still wasn't in loveThis is no fairytale romance this is what it's like to build a life between two people This is passion This is regret and negotiation and bargaining and despair and carrying on because it matters to love people It all matters This is a novel that pays due respect to men and women both to their willingness to hold on to recognize what they have and the truth of it It is reflective of my own experience It is the sort of novel to show something worth striving for striving to be The Information Technology Revolution: The Complete Guide people Mad and Dalt It feels The State of Water personal and that makes me want to talk only about myself Go read it yourself and see if it flies for youI resisted this novel at first I'd heard Pete Fromm read a chapter and I could hear his voice reading from the first lines when I was wanting to hear Maddy the Solutions Manual for Insulation Coordination for Power Systems point of view character I thought well this won't do There are sex scenes at the beginning which I don't often enjoy in fiction I might have given up The chapters jump through space and time one to the next But like the last book I liked what I was reading and kept on a few Garfield Swallows His Pride pages Reading right to the edgeAnd then I fell I fell hard in love with this love story and that's what it is a story about love about two Titanshade people who know their own luck and do the best they can and fall hard for one another every single day for the whole of their lives together I imagine there are AI Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 plenty of Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle West, 1830-1917 plot summaries around so let me say that it's my own luck when I find two two books to love as dearly as I do this one and the one I read just before Falling from Horses by Molly Gloss Maybe Gloss's book Surf Craft put me in the mood for this one Maybe the Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts pairs of books I've loved over the years is not so unusual—it's bound to happen that I find two books in a row to love when I read dozens each year Or maybe I Telling Teddy (Dear Teddy: A Journal Of A Boy planned it this way starting a half dozen books reading to about Cool Optical Illusions: Creative Activities That Make Math & Science Fun for Kids! page ninety and giving up when I still wasn't in loveThis is no fairytale romance this is what it's like to build a life between two Everwar people This is Hot Head (Head passion This is regret and negotiation and bargaining and despair and carrying on because it matters to love Hot Head people It all matters This is a novel that The Killing Ritual pays due respect to men and women both to their willingness to hold on to recognize what they have and the truth of it It is reflective of my own experience It is the sort of novel to show something worth striving for striving to be

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10 thoughts on “If Not For This

  1. says:

    This will not be an interesting review I connected in a very intimate way with Pete Fromm's people Mad and Dalt It feels personal and that makes me want to talk only about myself Go read it yourself and see if it flies for youI resisted this novel at first I'd heard Pete Fromm read a chapter and I could hear his voice reading from the first lines when I was wanting to hear Maddy the point of view character I thought well this won't do There are sex scenes at the beginning which I don't often enjoy in fiction I might have given up The chapters jump through space and time one to the next But like the last book I liked what I was reading and kept on a few pages Reading right to the edgeAnd then I fell I fell hard in love with this love story and that's what it is a story about love about two people who know their own luck and do the best they can and fall hard for one another every single day for the whole of their lives together I imagine there are plenty of plot summaries around so let me say that it's my own luck when I find two two books to love as dearly as I do this one and the one I read just before Falling from Horses by Molly Gloss Maybe Gloss's book put me in the mood for this one Maybe the pairs of books I've loved over the years is not so unusual—it's bound to happen that I find two books in a row to love when I read dozens each year Or maybe I planned it this way starting a half dozen books reading to about page ninety and giving up when I still wasn't in loveThis is no fairytale romance this is what it's like to build a life between two people This is passion This is regret and negotiation and bargaining and despair and carrying on because it matters to love people It all matters This is a novel that pays due respect to men and women both to their willingness to hold on to recognize what they have and the truth of it It is reflective of my own experience It is the sort of novel to show something worth striving for striving to be


  2. says:

    I first read this book soon after a friend of mine was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which seemed ironic since I first read Fromm’s novel How All This Started after another friend was diagnosed as bipolar While it would be easy to say there is something deeply personal about reading a book that hits so close to home it is never the plot that gets me in Pete’s stories; it’s the characters who feel real enough I believe they are not words but flesh and boneMaddy is a fiercely independent stubborn often humorously sarcastic woman with simple but large dreams of living off the rivers in the Wyoming Tetons When she meets Dalton the chemistry is so taut you could hang their discarded clothes off it When Maddy is diagnosed with MS though every ambition and expectation – of family kids career–comes under attackIf Not for This spans the lives of these two people who are so deeply in love While it might easily have become an epistle of what MS can do to a body it's really about how Maddy and Dalt’s love overcomes the ravages of a disease that costs them hopes and dreams and their future It's not a romance but it's one of the most powerful love stories I've ever readI love Maddy There are few characters in books I feel I really know and she is one of them It is impossible for me to believe she is just a name in a novel and not someone I’ve met spent hours with laughed and cried with and known in a personal way There are times I wanted to yell at her times I wanted to hug her and times I wanted to learn from her Even when the disease has limited her ability to walk speak use her hands she still views her life as somewhat of a miracle calling herself and Dalt “the lucky ones”“I get swept over with regret that they neither of the kids will ever know anything so great Because really me and Dalt? There’s no way anything this huge could ever happen again not in this universe We’ve used it up All the luck Which well sucks for them”Part of the miracle of this story is that in the midst of all that is terrible in all that is heartbreakingly broken you will believe they ARE the lucky ones That is a feat few narrators or authors are able to pull off


  3. says:

    I suppose I should have liked this novel better especially since Pete Fromm is one of my favorite authors It has a great premise; two young river rafters in Wyoming fall in love get married on the shore of the Snake honeymoon on the river and start their lives together by referring to each other as The luckies as they have a love and passion that others can only envy Later the wife Maddy is diagnosed with MS and the novel tracks her slow physical deterioration which is set against the strength and love of the couple who continue to refer to themselves as The Luckies even as Maddy loses virtually all functionThere is some poignant writing and Fromm deserves credit for tackling a difficult subject with such sensitivity he had people with MS review sections of his novel as he wrote it but I think the novel lost me a bit at the beginning before the MS while Maddy and Dalt are meant to be introduced as a heroic couple they came off to me as insufferable with their feelings of superiority That superior feeling continued throughout their poignant struggle and it undercut the intended message of love and strength conuering any adversityI should note that I am in a small minority in my view that there is some great writing from a great author and I recommend this as a read even though I finished somewhat disappointed


  4. says:

    I started crying about a third of the way through and never really stopped It's funny too so don't despair but this story of two people young and in love whose lives are derailed by MS is devastating Maddy is one of the most cantankerous protagonists I've ever met she just won't take the easy way no matter what She lives life on her terms and to hell with the conseuences It's hard to love her but I so admired her fierceness And her husband Dalt What to say? Well it's Mad's story and she's deeply in love so he's pretty awesome and not entirely unrealistically soWhat completely undid me I think is that we lose our dreams as we grow up It's dramatic for Dalt and Mad but don't we all experience that at some point and often without even noticing? When I think about dreams though the night time kind are so insubstantial mere wisps of ideas really And maybe that's what we mean when we talk about our dreams for the future wisps of ideas like let's always run rivers; I'm going to be famous when what we really hope is that we will always face life on our own terms If Not for This showed me that facing life on your own terms doesn't necessarily look like what you dreamed it would


  5. says:

    The story starts with young river guides that fall in love in Grand Teton NP which really grabbed me after rafting there this past summer These two guides build a business and a family but then the wife develops MS Each chapter reflects on a different stage of life and each one was written in such a way that you just felt the heartache and the love


  6. says:

    OMG 😍😍😍 one of the most wonderful book I've ever read 😍😍😍


  7. says:

    I don't know I guess I can see why this is a 4 star for so many people but I just didn't uite buy the relationship between the two main characters Men writing from the perspective of women so often fail and in this case while I think the author intended for Maddie to come off as strong she just came off as crabby and unlikeable Her husband came across as too good to be true and it was never clear what made their love so supposedly powerful I liked the book just enough to read it all and I'll be the first to confess that I was very touched first by the kids as they were teenagers and then by the inevitable sad ending I was indeed weeping at the end but because I am an easy audience as opposed to this being a superbly crafted book Sorry I'm so crabby about the book just call me Maddie


  8. says:

    I really loved a lot about this book I just wish that Maddy and Dalt's pre MS relationship had been detailed It's such an important component of the story for us to understand how special their relationship is but we barely get to know them before she is diagnosed From the start she is crabby bitchy and unlikable and he has little personality at all It is such a touching story I just wish the characters and their relationship had been built up before all hell broke loose I liked it but think I could have liked it better if I was invested in the relationship


  9. says:

    455This is a stay with you book


  10. says:

    Mixed with the horrifying degeneration from athlete and nature lover to a prisoner in her failing body and mind diagnosis MS this is at core a love storyAll too vividly and convincingly written and as compelling as a slo mo train wreck