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October 4, 2010

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

Delilah* Hannaford climbs into her window after an evening with her
non-boyfriend to see her mother sitting on her bed; Claire Hannaford
speaks the words that will throw the painful past back into the present.
Deililah’s grandmother has died after having no contact with Delilah or
her mother for over eight years.

As she, her mother, and her aunt gather at her grandmother’s home to
settle the estate, Deililah’s ever-present curiosity begins to simmer.
What happened to cause such a rift? Startling answers will come from
unexpected places.

Once again, Sarah Ockler, the author of Twenty Boy Summer, has written a
novel that captures human relationships perfectly. From Delilah’s strained
interactions with her workaholic mother to her confusion over her feelings
for Patrick, I felt like I understood her, despite the fact that I’ve
never been in a situation that’s even vaguely reminiscent of what she
experienced. I could, however, completely relate to her inability to keep
things together. Who hasn’t had times in their life when it feels like
everything is spinning out of control?

I also happen to adore the cover of Fixing Delilah**. Cutting out paper people is something I actually remember doing on long summer days with nothing and everything to do.

A story about family, growing up, and trying to figure out how to
reconcile your past with the future, Fixing Delilah is a book that stayed
on my mind for days afterward.

*One of my favorite, favorite names.
**This book was sent to me for review.  All opinions expressed are my own.
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Posted by Melanie at 8:21 am – Comments (3)
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  • October 4th 2010
    Sandy said:

    Fixing Delilah=WANT. You really made me want to read this now! thanks for the review 🙂


  • October 5th 2010
    Meg said:

    I’ve heard great things about Sarah Ockler, and it sounds like this is one I would really enjoy, too! Thanks for introducing me to it!


  • October 5th 2010
    Gina said:

    Nice review! That seems to be a talent of this author from what I’ve heard…capturing human relationships. Definitely right about the “spinning out of control”…it’s something everyone can relate to in their own way no matter how big an event or small….its all relative to the person. Thanks for sharing…and happy reading!