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Marie-Helene Bertino

Forfatter af 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

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Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of Safe as Houses, a collection of short stories that won the 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award, and the novel 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas. She teaches at NYU, The Center for Fiction, The Sackett Street Workshops, and the Emerging Writer's Workshop for One Story, vis mere where she was the associate editor. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Marie-Helene Bertino

2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas (2014) 534 eksemplarer
Parakeet (2020) 176 eksemplarer
Beautyland: A Novel (2024) 115 eksemplarer
Safe as Houses: Stories (2012) 76 eksemplarer
Miraklet på Richmond Street (2017) 1 eksemplar

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PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017 (2017) — Judge — 22 eksemplarer

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This was a very interesting book. Adina was born in 1977 and grows up believing that she is an alien sent to Earth to report back to her home planet. Bertino uses this plot device to allow Adina to make wonderful observations about humans. She is "activated" into her existence as an alien at age 4 and grows up with a single mother and experiences life as any female human but with the twist that she is an alien. Bertino presents her an an alien and as the years pass Adina's behavior is odd but fits with her belief about her being an alien. The book has the humor of observations made about humans that really do point to the absurdities of our existence. Adina does make some connections with a friend, her mother, and her beloved 5 pound dog but in the end the book left me with a good insight into how we can look at the world once we strip away all of the things we have created such as culture, class etc that at their best are arbitrary and would appear so to a visitor from another planet. I would suggest giving this book a chance and go with it. A very worthwhile read and I may read her earlier works.… (mere)
nivramkoorb | 3 andre anmeldelser | May 12, 2024 |
When I first saw the cover of this book, and knew nothing about this book at all, I gave a sigh of relief, as it was the rare book I could automatically give a pass to reading. Beautyland?Not for me. I thought it was about cosmetics and appearances -- and it IS a little bit. Beautyland is the name of a store that sells such things, but it's a very small part of the book. BUT THEN I read more about the book and it's about a girl who was born in 1977 thinking she is an extraterrestrial. So yup -- I then had to add it to the insanely large TBR. I really wish it had been given a different title, as I'm sure many people will gravitate to or away from this book just from the title alone. But "Beautyland" for me, after reading the book, also means Adina appreciating the little human things in the world, finding beauty in everything. The book is so pleasing, just whimsical enough, yet funny, so heartfelt. So HUMAN even if it's about an alien girl. I like that it is vague and unclear what Adina really is, which makes it perfect. But Adina learns what it means to be human, even through her grief. I loved the pop-culture of it all. However, in all of the alien pop-culture Adina mentions, I take issue with her forgetting about the all important alien film Mac & Me! Great book -- an instance when I'm excited to get around to reading an author's past books. (She also says she is working on a speculative fiction trilogy which I already can't wait for!) This is the second book this year that I might love even more, simply because I almost passed it over.… (mere)
booklove2 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Apr 6, 2024 |
This is a beautiful and heartbreaking story that, at times, is also laugh out loud hilarious. Adina is a character that I will never forget. For the first time in a while, I found a book that I did not want to end
Anitaw16 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 29, 2024 |
I came to this.book because the author is a friend of a friend. I am not sure if I would have read it on my own.

I found some parts wonderful and others tremendously confusing. The whole book felt uncomfortably out of rhythm to me and I really have no idea at all what happened in the final chapter. It is late right now and I am tired so I hope to give the end a reread in the morning when the cobwebs have cleared.

There is much to like about Bertino's writing and I look forward to reading her short story collection but this novel left me mostly unsatisfied.

Update: It's morning and I can't stop thinking about this book. I still don't get the ending. I need to search the text to see if I missed an important early reference to "Charlie" or if that's just another unexpected curve ball. I'm so confused about the principal and whatever was going on with her at the club and the winter assembly.

I'm frustrated because I liked a good chunk of this book - probably 3/4 of it -- but the parts I don't like, I REALLY don't like.
… (mere)
hmonkeyreads | 71 andre anmeldelser | Jan 25, 2024 |



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