A Theory of Small Earthquakes

A Theory of Small Earthquakes

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"Any woman who has fought the odds to make a happy, healthy family will relate to Alison Rose, whose redemption is at stake in this inventive, addictive novel. A Theory Of Small Earthquakes teaches us something new about love and sex, jealousy and loyalty, and, most importantly, motherhood."
-Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother and Red Hook Road

In her ten previous nonfiction books, Meredith Maran has trained her journalistic eye on the subtle dance between the political and the personal. Now Maran brings her provocative gaze to her debut novel - a family story spanning two decades, set against the social, political, and geological upheavals of the Bay Area. Eager to escape her damaging past and chart her own future, Alison Rose is drawn to Zoe, a free-spirited artist who offers emotional stability and a love outside the norm.After many happy years together, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake deepens fissures in the two women's relationship, and Alison leaves Zoe for a new, "normal" life with a man. Alison's son is the outcome of both of these complicated relationships, and the three parents strive to create a life together that will test the boundaries of love and family in changing times.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2012
ISBN: 9781593764302
Branch Call Number: FICTION Maran 2012
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 21 cm


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Dec 01, 2017

I've racked my brain trying to think of one redeeming point in this story but I just can't find any. So what if it has drama angst well defined characters without a happy ending the story is useless. I don't care if it mirors real life. I don't want that in a novel. I want love hope redemption, not selfishness, greed, deception and blind loyalty what kind of monster does what Allison did to Zoe? Zoe loved Allison of that there is no doubt but Allison never loved anyone but her own damn self. That's why she was alone before she met Zoe. I curse the day that Zoe met Allison, I curse it! Allison didn't want to be like her mother but that's exactly what she became. Corey didn't become a good kid because of Allison and that waste of a man he called his dad, no Corey became a good kid because of Zoe and what did she get out of it? A slap in the face. Can you believe that? Allison tells Zoe that the kid she didn't want to have with her. Zoe raised anyway but not as the product of her commitment to Zoe but as the proof that Allison used her and will continue to use her. Goodness gracious I hope Merideth Maran did not base Allison's character in any one real person. I shudder to think that such a person could possibly exist. Trust me when I tell you this I will not waste a single more minute of my life reading any other of this authors works. A theory of small earthquakes scared me for life. You know what's worse is that this book reenforces the myth that women need men. It gives bisexual women a bad name. What bi woman would give up on the love of her life because of her own insecurities and jump into the arms of a dude? Bi sexuality doesn't work that way. It's shameful that such a book as this is in print, just shameful.

Apr 24, 2014

This book was terrible. It's the stereotypical horror story of a bi-woman leaving her girlfriend for a man. The friendship they develop after the break-up is borderline emotionally abusive.
I read reviews from amazon and a lot of people said that they thought this book was beautiful, which I can almost understand if you view it in the perspective of the narrator, take Zoe's perspective into account and it is absolute garbage.

Jun 19, 2012

Not bad.


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