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Ithaca AUTHOR Susan Fish

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For 39 years Daisy Turner has been a professor’s wife typing his notes and helping out The centerpiece of her life is a weekly community dinner she hosts one that always features soup When her husband drops dead Daisy has nothing to hold onto. I've just finished reading Ithaca by Susan Fish and must say that I appreciated it Different from other books I've read lately Very reflective and I'd never heard of the term fracking I learned something new I like the book

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Except perhaps the soup Then suddenly Daisy finds herself entangled with a man whose wife is disabled mothering a young activist farmer and swept into the controversy about fracking that has begun to concern their small Ivy League town Ithaca. Since we’re talking soup—or at least we will be—I’d like to offer the literary ingredients that I’d put to use were I cooking up a novel like Susan Fish’s Ithaca which I loved First half a stack of Barbara Pym novels since Pym is the original chronicler of the unknown fascinating inner lives of lonely middle aged women particularly those who type indices for academic men Next toss in a novel or two by Wallace Stegner or at least All the Little Live Things and Crossing to Safety for their depictions of the intimacies of long marriages late in life garnered insight and—in the case of the latter book—a cozy look at academic communities Then season with Barbara Kingsolver perhaps her most recent Flight Behaviour for its illumination of the subtle effects of environmental devastation and as a portrait of how an activist can be borne of an ordinary woman Let it simmer IndeedIthaca is the story of Daisy Turner whose husband has recently died leaving her unmoored in a world in which she’d always felt so solidly ensconced Unuestioningly so Her husband had been everything to her their grown son far away living his own life in Singapore and now with him gone the sole event on Daisy’s calendar apart from the trip they’d booked months in advance to celebrate their 40th anniversary—what to do about that now is the Wednesday suppers a longstanding tradition in which her husband’s academic colleagues and students and their families would gather together for friendship and conversation and Daisy’s famous soups The suppers are all she’s got left now and she constructs her weeks around them too ashamed to let anybody know the extent of her grief and loneliness that Arthur’s death has left her without any solid ground to stand onBut there is something to be said for unsteadiness because too much steadiness is to have the world be sure which it’s not and something also to be said for how the process of reconstructing a broken life can bring forth growth and change and a new kind of resolve As with those proverbial butterflies flapping their wings it all starts with a small thing Daisy invited by a friend to help harvest honey The hives bought for his wife years ago ailing from MS with the hopes that their royal jelly might succeed where her medicine hasn’t but it doesn’t and her health has only worsened She can’t even venture out of her house these days and so Daisy goes with Henry instead of his wife and on the way she notices the signs protesting “fracking” in their areaFracking She doesn’t know the word but she understands enough about its context—39 years of marriage to a geologist is some kind of education Oil companies are planning to drill deep into the shale that surround their community for oil deposits—a proposition that promises to save farms from foreclosure and wreak environmental devastation depending on who you ask And then at the next Wednesday Supper Daisy hears the term again learns a young professor is teaching a night course on the topic Uncharacteristically Daisy decides to enrol surprising herself and everybody who knows her Through involvement in her course her community widens the Wednesday night suppers becoming interesting as her “frackivist” pal starts attending broadening Daisy’s horizons And Daisy starts asking uestions about what changes are necessary in her life about what she needs to hold onto and let go from the past and of what possibilities are still before her Never mind the complicating force of her attraction to Henry her friend with the bee hives and the wife he for whom she leaned in close to hear something and he kissed her on her ear He did And she keeps encountering women at church who seem concerned she’ll steal their husbands—what if unbeknownst to her they’re onto something after allFish’s Daisy put me in mind of another Daisy Carol Shields’ Daisy Stone Goodwill from The Stone Diaries another small life with large ramifications

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Explores what happens when a uiet almost sedimentary life meets the high pressure forces of a small town How do you rebuild after life as you know it is suddenly turned upside down or is frackedRecipes can be found at susanfishwriteswordpressco. First I'd like to say that I probably wouldn't have ever read this book at all if a uiz on it wasn't worth 5% of my grade in my Women's Studies course It wasn't a terrible book by any stretch of the imagination but it also wasn't good enough to compare to the AMAZING books I'm so used to devouring with my eyes of course I really liked the strong female characters I felt like they were well developed and interesting I loved Daisy and Carmel especially I liked the way the characters became a sort of family as the novel went on The main character Daisy was particularly likable I have to admit that a few times I truly believed that the author had to be Daisy that's how well her thoughts and feelings were portrayed That aside this really is an amateur novel It isn't well edited the plot is as slow as a snail and although I enjoyed reading it to some extent I wouldn't have read it if it wasn't mandatory There are several mistakes throughout the novel that even I could catch and I am by no means good with the whole grammar thing On top of that nothing really happens I get that Daisy is slowly coming into her own throughout the novel but it could've been so much exciting Where's the drama the scandal the thrill I suppose I am used to fantasy and drama in the books I read but even still I felt disappointed with the novel's plot Overall I wouldn't recommend it but I also wouldn't tell you not to read it It's an OK novel with some solid characters despite their place in an overall snooze worthy plotline If anything the book made me crave a nice bowl of fracking soup Stage Mum pressure forces of a small town How do you rebuild after life as you know it is suddenly turned upside down or is frackedRecipes can be found at susanfishwriteswordpressco. First I'd like to say that I A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, probably wouldn't have ever read this book at all if a uiz on it wasn't worth 5% of my grade in my Women's Studies course It wasn't a terrible book by any stretch of the imagination but it also wasn't good enough to compare to the AMAZING books I'm so used to devouring with my eyes of course I really liked the strong female characters I felt like they were well developed and interesting I loved Daisy and Carmel especially I liked the way the characters became a sort of family as the novel went on The main character Daisy was Sweet Mandarin particularly likable I have to admit that a few times I truly believed that the author had to be Daisy that's how well her thoughts and feelings were Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and their Journey from East to West portrayed That aside this really is an amateur novel It isn't well edited the The Lost Heart of Asia plot is as slow as a snail and although I enjoyed reading it to some extent I wouldn't have read it if it wasn't mandatory There are several mistakes throughout the novel that even I could catch and I am by no means good with the whole grammar thing On top of that nothing really happens I get that Daisy is slowly coming into her own throughout the novel but it could've been so much exciting Where's the drama the scandal the thrill I suppose I am used to fantasy and drama in the books I read but even still I felt disappointed with the novel's The Secret Life And Brutal Death Of Mamie Thurman plot Overall I wouldn't recommend it but I also wouldn't tell you not to read it It's an OK novel with some solid characters despite their The Tavern on Maple Street place in an overall snooze worthy The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich plotline If anything the book made me crave a nice bowl of fracking soup

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