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The Invaders af Karolina Waclawiak
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The Invaders (original 2015; udgave 2015)

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Over the course of a summer in a wealthy Connecticut community, a forty-something woman and her college-age stepson's lives fall apart in a series of violent shocks.

Cheryl has never been the right kind of country-club wife. She's always felt like an outsider, and now, in her mid-forties??facing the harsh realities of aging while her marriage disintegrates and her troubled stepson, Teddy, is kicked out of college??she feels cast adrift by the sparkling seaside community of Little Neck Cove, Connecticut. So when Teddy shows up at home just as a storm brewing off the coast threatens to destroy the precarious safe haven of the cove, she joins him in an epic downward spiral.

The Invaders, a searing follow-up to Karolina Waclawiak's critically acclaimed debut novel, How to Get into the Twin Palms, casts a harsh light on the glossy sheen of even the most "perfect" lives in America's exclusive beach communities. With sharp wit and dark humor, The Invaders exposes the lies and insecurities that run like fault lines through our culture, threatening to pitch bored housewives, pill-popping children, and suspicious neighbors headlong into the suburban abyss… (mere)

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Titel:The Invaders
Forfattere:Karolina Waclawiak (Forfatter)
Info:Regan Arts. (2015), Edition: F First Edition, 240 pages
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The Invaders af Karolina Waclawiak (2015)

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While reading this novel I realized that the adjectives book reviewers use don't make a lot of sense. If you were to enjoy reading The Invaders, for example, you might call it "tight," as a complement, as in "a tight novel about the unraveling lives of a country-club-set woman and her stepson." If you thought it was too "tight" though you might call it "thin" which is a word not related semantically to "tight" except in the world of book reviews, where if you squeeze a story too tightly it gets thin.

I wavered as I read between "tight" and "thin" as I read this novel and ended up thinking "thin". While I appreciated the tight lens and the linear drive of the story, in the end there just wasn't enough meat for me to care about the characters. A big disadvantage to the author is that the setting she chose was Cheever territory and she writes without any of the mordant charm or startling juxtapositions or humanity of Cheever--just the drinking and the pool parties and the adultery and the shallowness of people living with too much money and too little imagination.

My other complaint is that the bones of plot were way too exposed, where the crisis points felt manufactured and unrealistic rather than organic to the characters or their story.

All that said, I read to the end. It held my interest that much in spite of these judgmental feelings and I'll probably give the author another try. It feels like a first novel even though it isn't. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
surprised to see 'praise' blurbs from Tom Perrotta and Jami Attenberg (neither of whom I've read, I admit, but they're notable mainstream authors) because it was barely OK. Too simplistic (which could work well depending on how it enhances a story, but more might have given this book a better chance); cliche scenes (returning to her mother's empty house and the intolerant, snobbish behavior of her neighbors). Some situations are not resolved accept perhaps at the end which was barely satisfying. Nice cover though. ( )
  ShelBeck | Dec 25, 2019 |
I love the idea of this book, but the execution is just too on the surface -- you can see all of the plot machinery turning. It's the book equivalent of a dress with an exposed zipper. It feels more like an outline than an actual novel, which makes it very hard to fully engage with it.

Still, I'm awarding a bonus star for an strong and effective ending -- strong enough that I'll keep an eye out for the author's next book. ( )
1 stem GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
I love the idea of this book, but the execution is just too on the surface -- you can see all of the plot machinery turning. It's the book equivalent of a dress with an exposed zipper. It feels more like an outline than an actual novel, which makes it very hard to fully engage with it.

Still, I'm awarding a bonus star for an strong and effective ending -- strong enough that I'll keep an eye out for the author's next book. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
Not that suspenseful but fairly gripping story of east coast beach resort populated by rich men and trophy wives, all somewhat deranged. Townies play a minor role. ( )
  triscuit | Apr 26, 2016 |
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Over the course of a summer in a wealthy Connecticut community, a forty-something woman and her college-age stepson's lives fall apart in a series of violent shocks.

Cheryl has never been the right kind of country-club wife. She's always felt like an outsider, and now, in her mid-forties??facing the harsh realities of aging while her marriage disintegrates and her troubled stepson, Teddy, is kicked out of college??she feels cast adrift by the sparkling seaside community of Little Neck Cove, Connecticut. So when Teddy shows up at home just as a storm brewing off the coast threatens to destroy the precarious safe haven of the cove, she joins him in an epic downward spiral.

The Invaders, a searing follow-up to Karolina Waclawiak's critically acclaimed debut novel, How to Get into the Twin Palms, casts a harsh light on the glossy sheen of even the most "perfect" lives in America's exclusive beach communities. With sharp wit and dark humor, The Invaders exposes the lies and insecurities that run like fault lines through our culture, threatening to pitch bored housewives, pill-popping children, and suspicious neighbors headlong into the suburban abyss

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