Among the Ten Thousand Things: A Novel

By Julia Pierpont

3.5 out of 5 stars

This is a book that I have read a lot of great hype about. I am usually very leery when I read the hoopla because 9 times out of 10, I just don’t get it. I was not disappointed in this book, which is a plus.

Jack Shanley, an artist in New York, is married to Deb and has two kids, teenage Jack and pre-teen Kay. Kay comes home from being with friends and is given a box by their doorman. What’s inside changes their worlds forever.

It seems Jack’s mistress has sent Deb a box filled with emails and notes, all the correspondence between her and Jack. But unfortunately, it ends up in the hands of young Kay, who reads it and then passes it along to her brother. When they give it to Deb, she confronts Jack. She knew about the affair but knowing that the kids read all the sweet nothings and the very sexual writing, it changes things. She packs them up and takes them to the coast. Jack, lost without them, and after a mishap with an art project, goes on his own trip. The story unfolds in the two week time they are away from each other.

The story also takes a turn in the very center of the book, when it fast forwards to the present and we see just where everyone ended up. There’s a death too. It seemed weird to be right in the middle and then go back to the story again but it did work. I was surprised.

It definitely kept me reading to see what was going to happen.  There were parts that didn’t grab me but there were plenty of times that I had my “oh” moments. I call them “oh” moments when there is a line or a turn of a phrase that really gets to me. I think it’s really a story of discovery, not just finding out the truth, but discovering who you are and how your actions can change everything. Ms. Pierpont is a very talented writer and I can’t wait to see where she goes next.

I happily received this book from Negalley for an honest review.

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