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by Sarah Willis

Free eBook Some Things That Stay download ISBN: 0374105804
Author: Sarah Willis
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux; 1st edition (February 1, 2000)
Language: English
Pages: 275
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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Some things that stay there be. Grief, hills, eternit. We traveled three hundred miles today, and five hundred miles yesterday, pulling behind us a small humpbacked metal trailer that wobbles and slows us down

Some things that stay there be. Emily Dickinson, The Secret. We traveled three hundred miles today, and five hundred miles yesterday, pulling behind us a small humpbacked metal trailer that wobbles and slows us down. My father would be happy without that trailer, but he needs it to haul his canvases and art supplies, allowing us the rest of the space inside for our things as an afterthought. Oh, I suppose we need clothes, he will mutter, as we load in our cardboard boxes filled with my mother’s encyclopedias, my brother’s comics, my sister’s stuffed animals, my record player and 45’s.

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About Some Things That Stay. Willis has a fine sense of place. A New York Times Notable Book, Winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, A Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club Selection, and Winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature. Tamara Anderson was in third grade when she found out most people stay in the same house for more than a year. She effectively conjures Tamara’s small world, the half-built bomb shelter by the garden, the Murphys’ house with the rusting cars whose grilles glisten ‘like the teeth of rabid dogs,’ and she taps, with real power, into that most basic human need: a place to call home.

Some Things That Stay. Sarah Willis is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has published several short stories. Some Things That Stay is her first novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Sarah Willis is a novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, Some Things That Stay was listed as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction 2000, and was awarded The Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature 2000. Some Things That Stay.

Some Things That Stay is a novel that focuses mostly on all that is ephemeral about life

Some Things That Stay is a novel that focuses mostly on all that is ephemeral about life. Thus the central metaphor of this work is embedded in the wanderings of a peripatetic family of five which relocates annually so as to accommodate the father who paints landscapes and is constantly in need of fresh subject matter and inspiration. And so her removal provides the impetus for tremendous psychological change and development. If the novel at one level is about how vulnerable people are to the vagaries of fate, it is also concerned with what is enduring in the lives of its characters.

But, somehow, after finishing "Some Things That Stay," I had to weasel it in there somehow. I don't even know why I was drawn to this book. It isone of the most powerful and affecting works of fiction I have read inrecent years. Thematically rich, with characters who are so real youimagine them sitting with you as you read, the novel literallyembraces us with the almost desperate ambivalence and profoundemotional tensions the compelling protagonist

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Fifteen-year-old Tamara Anderson, whose peripatetic family has finally settled in rural Sherman, New York, in the 1950s, tries to cope with her mother's illness, her father's feckless artistic nature, and her burgeoning love for her new home
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Vuzahn
I read slowly and savored every word. I even highlighted little tidbits throughout this entire novel. Here's just one, "It takes so much for things to work our perfectly, and so little for them to go wrong." This book spoke to me on so many levels because I paint, I am a teacher of teenagers, we've recently HAD to move (twice), and my heart feels like it has been broken and healed in some of the exact same ways as 15 year-old, Tamara. All the characters are real and deep. I especially liked reading about Tamara's parents who seem to go to great effort to travel the road less traveled and to stick to their own convictions at all costs. I really understood that because her parents are like my husband and myself in that they have struggled with the existence of God, instilling independent-thinking in our children, and being true to ourselves. I loved this book, even the ending was sweet and gentle. This book has a place in my TOP FIVE for all time. I'm looking forward to reading the other books by Sarah Willis - it still amazes me that this was her first book. This author has a wonderful, sensitive, picturesque way of writing, and I hope she has carried this through to her other books.
Shalizel
This is a really touching coming of age story in the 50's. The mother has to go to a sanitarium with Tuburculosis. The father is stuck in his own world of painting. There are 2 siblings, Robert and Megan, that are coping in their own ways with the abandoment issues that arise from not only the mother's illness, but the father's inability to handle the situation. Tamara is left basically in charge of everyone. Besides the obvious issues that are going on, there is the storyline of the number of moves the family has endured and how much they are wanting a permanent home.

I enjoyed reading this book very much, but it didn't touch me as much as some of the other coming of age stories like, Whistling in the Dark, The Book of Bright Ideas and Cold Rock River. Those stayed with me after I was done and while I really enjoyed this coming of age story, it's not one that will stay with me like some other ones.

Still it is well worth reading and I highly recommend it.
Mpapa
Fifteen-year-old Tamara's family moves every year. Her father is an artist, constantly seeking new things to paint. Her mother is an atheist who seizes every opportunity to teach Tamara and her younger brother and sister about the world and the things in it. All Tamara wants is to stay in Mayville, to finally be able to call a place home. The family across the street wants her to come to believe in God, and she is willing to give it a try, despite her parents' disapproval. When her mother is diagnosed with TB, her family's life is thrown into chaos. This novel is filled with characters whom I loved: Tamara herself, struggling with so many big questions; Mrs. Burns, whose teenage son died of leukemia; the Murphys, whose family life is so different from Tamara's. Lots to think about, lots to remember. An engrossing and touching story.
Tygrarad
Some Things That Stay is a novel that focuses mostly on all that is ephemeral about life. Thus the central metaphor of this work is embedded in the wanderings of a peripatetic family of five which relocates annually so as to accommodate the father who paints landscapes and is constantly in need of fresh subject matter and inspiration.
But as the children grow and the narrator of this subtle novel, fifteen year-old Tamara, reaches adolescence, the family finds it more difficult to pull up roots each year in an act of sacrifice to the needs of just one of its members. To concretise the unarticulated stress to the family of the enforced yearly migration, Tamara's mother becomes seriously ill with tuberculosis which requires confinement to a sanitarium. Her insitutionalisation destabilizes an already shaky interpersonal situation in a family which had been successfully regimented and contained theretofore by the powerful, domineering personality of this capable, stong-willed woman. And so her removal provides the impetus for tremendous psychological change and development .
If the novel at one level is about how vulnerable people are to the vagaries of fate, it is also concerned with what is enduring in the lives of its characters. To quote the epigraph taken from Emily Dickenson's poem "The Secret": "Some things that stay there be...Grief, hills, eternity...
It is grief in particular that the author seems to consider the most critical factor in shaping our lives and creating the meaning that informs them. In this regard the house that Tamara's family rents during the time the novel chronicles was abandoned by a family after their teenage son dies of leukemia after a long illness. Having been about the same age as Tamara at the time of his death, it is not without consequence that she takes his room for her own after moving into the house.
The unfolding of Tamara's increasingly elaborate internal relationship with the dead boy, as well as her reaction to her mother's absence, mark the heart of this novel. There is A LOT going on inside of her and Sarah Willis has a deep understanding of what is at stake for Tamara during this incredibly painful, tumultuous period of her life. It is this profound grasp of what Tamara is experiencing, and the ability to write about it so convincingly, that makes Some Things That Stay such an emotionally realistic, moving work.
Keth
This is a touching book, poignant in its character development. It's stayed with me for many years. Highly recommend.
Bukelv
I just love Sarah Willis' writing style and felt this book was equally as wonderful as her book: THE SOUND OF US. It didn't take too long for me to be totally drawn into this story of Tamara and I felt myself rather sad at where the story ended. I just wanted to keep knowing about her and her family and how their lives turned out. I highly recommend this book and hope anyone who reads it becomes a Sarah Willis fan. If you haven't yet read THE SOUND OF US, do yourself a favor and read it! It's real good reading. There isn't a single downside to SOME THINGS THAT STAY. I loved Tamara and her view of her world. The characters seemed utterly real and engrossing. The last sentence of the book was the perfect uplifting end to Tamara's story.