The Flax women reunite in their old hometown in this long-awaited sequel to Mermaids, the novel that became the cult-classic movie starring Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci. Charlotte Flax is all grown up now, with a grown son of her own. But her heart still belongs to the man she fell in love with at age 14 when Charlotte, her sister and her mother lived in a houseThe Flax women reunite in their old hometown in this long-awaited sequel to Mermaids, the novel that became the cult-classic movie starring Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci. Charlotte Flax is all grown up now, with a grown son of her own. But her heart still belongs to the man she fell in love with at age 14 when Charlotte, her sister and her mother lived in a house next to a convent in Grove, Massachusetts. They moved on after a year- Mrs. Flax never stayed anywhere long. But it was Charlotte's favorite house, so when she hears it's for rent, she moves back and decides to bring the family together for Mrs. Flax's birthday. There are complications and suprises, of course. This is the Flax family, after all. For all three women, the gathering is a reunion they'll never forget. Praise for Starfish "For all the fans of Mermaids and its fabulous film adaptation, Starfish is an enchanting sequel. Starring a cast of quirky originals, its plot twists will make you laugh-after you wipe away tears. Patty Dann's writing has matured with sparkle and radiance." -Sally Koslow, author of The Late, Lamented Molly Marx and The Widow Waltz About the Author Patty Dann is the author of the novels Mermaids and Sweet & Crazy and the memoirs Baby Boat and The Goldfish Went On Vacation. Her work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Korean and Japanese....
|Number of Pages||:||222 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
I recently read Mermaids for the first time, despite having watched the movie dozens of times. I liked it, but the movie version holds a special place in my heart. When I heard that there was a sequel, set nearly 30 years after the first, I couldn't get it quick enough - I was dying to know what happened to the Flax women.This is told, once again, from the point of view of Charlotte Flax. No longer a wistful fourteen year old, Charlotte is now a fortysomething year old mother with a grown up son and grandchildren. She has returned to Grove, to the house she once shared with her mother and sister, and she is going to throw a sixtieth birthday party for Mrs. Flax, who has long left town.This relies really heavily on material from the first book - at times it bored me, but that's probably just because I only read the first one a few weeks ago and it's fresh in my mind. For someone who read it years ago, this will be a nice refresher. In terms of plot - there's not much of it - or maybe there's too much. One or two of the issues concerning Charlotte would have been lots, but I just felt like the author was trying to please everyone by squeezing in as much as possible. There's nothing wrong with that - but it read a little like fanfic in places. If you liked the first one, I'm sure you'll love catching up with the ladies again. It was nice to revisit them - it just fell a little flat for me personally.
I loved this book, and I can best pinpoint why by referencing how much I disliked the two books I've read by Amy Tan (Bonesetter's Daughter and Joy Luck Club). No offense to anyone who loves Amy Tan, of course. Those books drove me batty with the premise of a young generation of females misunderstanding an older generation of females, Tan uncovers the complexity of the older generation of females, empathy for all, character progression, blah blah blah. I've never heard of real life multi-generation female relationships ever getting to that level of actualization. Maybe someone's family is more advanced than mine, somewhere. So back to Starfish. There's a lot to love, but I am mainly impressed with how authentic the female relationships are. Sometimes people don't progress. Sometimes mothers are distant, forever, in a kindly way. Sisters stay locked in relationship patterns set decades before. And it's all written in a tight narrative style. Perfect.I haven't read Mermaids or watched the movie (sacrilege to some of my friends), but this book stands up well on its own. I'm planning to read Mermaids after I can pick up a copy in the U.S. this summer. Hopefully a Kindle edition for Starfish comes out soon so my friends here in Phnom Penh can buy it from Amazon (hint hint, GoodReads' Amazon overlords). Until then, I have a feeling my paperback copy will be making the rounds.
Amazing. An extraordinary sequel to the masterpiece that is Mermaids. If you have read it I HIGHLY recommend reading Starfish.
3.75.Aww a 'Mermaids' sequel! So cute!
I sobbed my way into the new year as I often do watching the movie adaptation of Mermaids, so what better way to begin my reading this year than with the sequel, which came out a couple of years ago but I'd somehow completely forgotten existed (that was the year I finally read the original book, too, after realising just how great the movie was).It's a sleight and slender read that will likely not be gracing the big screen (not least because Bob Hoskins is no longer with us - god, he would have been great in those Mr Landsky scenes…), and I can't even tell if this book will only mean anything to those who really love the original book or movie as much as I do, because, seriously, I love the movie a lot. Just about everything here rang true to me - Kate becoming a wild girl having stopped swimming when she went through puberty (at which point Charlotte found herself taking up the sport)… the little glimmers of Mrs Flax coming through in Charlotte's personality… those conversations that have been bottled up for decades suddenly bursting out (imagine how great the scene of Charlotte and Kate finally talking about the incident at the end of the first book, so close to where it happened, would be if they made the movie with the original cast…) What can I say it was just great to spend a few more hours with these characters, and if someone can find a way to adapt it without Mr Landsky (the screenwriter of the original did some wonderful things - that fight between Cher and Winona Ryder, for example, is total silence in the book) I think it'd be a weird but just as wonderful movie as the first. It really reads like Patty Dann wrote it with that in mind, with the music references and the slideshow near the end etc.
Patty Dann’s excellent new novel Starfish occupies interstitial territory. “Interstice” means to stand still in the middle. It’s the space between things. And both the writing and the first-person protagonist, Charlotte Flax, live in this very difficult place. At age forty-two, Charlotte, who takes “no pleasure in change,” returns to her childhood home the way she does most everything—without a present connection, aimless, and searching. This is very difficult territory for a novel, but the writing is so beguiling that it holds you, makes you care, makes you wonder what happens next. Will this idiosyncratic woman from an equally idiosyncratic family ever connect to her present? If so, how? What makes this novel work is a subtle, nuanced thread of awareness within a story of no awareness: “All my life,” writes Charlotte, “I had felt like our family . . . had been on a ship without a captain drifting toward a dangerous waterfall.”“When I was in elementary school . . . I once watched girls play jump rope during recess on a hot September playground, but I was afraid to jump in myself. I wasn’t sure how. A boy in horn-rimmed glasses walked up to me and held a conch shell to my ear. He said I’d hear the ocean, but I knew even then that all I was hearing was the sounds inside my own head.”“I . . . stared at myself in the mirror. I’m not sure why I did that, probably just to see my own face and remind myself that I existed.”I won’t give away the end, but suffice it say that connection finally comes. This book is a vibrant, sometimes funny, still life with a unique pulse and uncanny ability to move. I highly recommend it.
If you're a fan of "Mermaids" (and I am), this is a must read. If you're indifferent to "Mermaids," don't bother."Mermaids" ends in the mid 1960s and Charlotte Flax is 15. "Starfish" picks up nearly 30 years later. Charlotte is 42 and has returned to Grove, the town her mother moved her and her sister to in the first book. All major characters reappear and the unraveling is perfect.
Loved the book, but I need to know what happens next. Hoping we don't have to wait another 10 years for a sequel!