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The Art of Mending
The Art of Mending
Author: Elizabeth Berg
It begins with the sudden revelation of astonishing secrets?secrets that have shaped the personalities and fates of three siblings, and now threaten to tear them apart. In renowned author Elizabeth Berg?s moving new novel, unearthed truths force one seemingly ordinary family to reexamine their disparate lives and to ask themselves: Is it too lat...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812970982
ISBN-10: 0812970985
Publication Date: 3/1/2005
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 195 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 10
I loved this book. It's the first book by Elizabeth Berg that I've read and I definitely will read more. This book hit home with me because it involves siblings struggling to come to terms with the secrets and disfunctionality of their childhoods. For instance, one sister continues to live in the past, one wants to stay in the present, etc. It's a wonderful read for anyone wanting to gain more insight into the psychological aspects of family relationships.
Veronika avatar reviewed The Art of Mending on + 103 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Siblings in the same family often have completely different experiences while growing up. One child may be favored more, another might be abused. But would it be possible for one child to be abused without the other siblings knowing about it? Imagine the shock of having a sibling accuse your parents of abuse 40 years after it supposedly occured. How would you know whether to believe it or not?
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Helpful Score: 9
Elizabeth Berg has the rare ability to paint human relationships so vividly that you feel as if you are IN the book. She brings to life characters that you can identify with... people that could be next to you at the post office, your next door neighbor, your own family. It is hard to read this book and not come away thinking about your own relationships (the good and the bad).
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Helpful Score: 6
I haven't read anything in a long time about which I could say that I wished I could give it more than 5 stars, but this is definitely one of those times. Elizabeth Berg reminds me a little of Anne Tyler in her painstaking description of the family in this story. She doesn't make any one character totally a 'good guy' or totally a 'bad guy' like many authors do. Each character has obvious gifts and flaws in differing measures. This wound up being a very fast read, since there is no way I wanted to put it down. Now I have to start getting ALL of Berg's books.
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Helpful Score: 4
This was definitely an interesting book, although I can't say I loved it. It did keep me reading straight through until the end, which is a sign of a good book, but it didn't leave me with that "I just read a wonderful book" feeling when I was done.
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katfusion avatar reviewed The Art of Mending on + 10 more book reviews
This was a very well written story that took you into the heart and soul of one family. Their issues unfold from the viewpoint of one sibling as she learns something shocking that she never knew existed.

It's pretty good and I'd recommend it.
tranquility avatar reviewed The Art of Mending on + 25 more book reviews
Good book to read in the summer.
Likeable characters and good story line.
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dinah avatar reviewed The Art of Mending on + 11 more book reviews
I found The Art of Mending, by Elizabeth Berg to be a different type of "family" story- interesting and a very quick read.
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It's another excellent book written by Elizabeth Berg. Berg just has a wonderful way of writing about women's issues and how they're handled. Definitely a "woman's" writer.
cathyjean avatar reviewed The Art of Mending on + 18 more book reviews
I enjoy most of Elizabeth Berg's books. This one is very good and I like the characters very much. If the characters are interesting and I want to turn continue to turn the pages to see what is going to happen next, I am satisfied with the book. I wouldn't read it again as I have a couple of her other books (Talk Before Sleep and Open House), but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
joann avatar reviewed The Art of Mending on + 398 more book reviews
Sometimes things go on in a family that no one seems to know about. Things can happen and others in the family will never find out, until someone says something.
This is a book about that subject. It was done very well.
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My daughter loved this book, as she has all the Berg books she has read.
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A well-written and thought-provoking offering from Berg. What do you do when your sister, the one you always avoided and thought was so strange, comes to you as an adult and claims she was emotionally abused by your mother? How to handle it, who to believe?