The Fall of Lisa Bellow

The Fall of Lisa Bellow

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do -- when a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way. What happens to the girl left behind? A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind. After Lisa’s abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith’s mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not. Like Everything I Never Told You and Room, The Fall of Lisa Bellow is edgy and original, a hair-raising exploration of the ripple effects of an unthinkable crime. It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming-of-age, and about forgiveness. It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781476761466
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 30, 2017

This book is well written and it held my interest to the end, which I hated. I didn't feel like anything got resolved. I don't like suspense but the story seemed interesting. I guess this book is better suited to people who like deep, deep, deep stuff-I don't. I hated not knowing what was real and what was in the girl's imagination. I found her mother annoying and not very nice and her father a "nice" guy but wishy-washy. So even though it was well written I didn't like the book and won't want to read anything else by the author.

JCLCherylMY May 24, 2017

Meredith and Lisa, two eighth grade girls, are 13 and run in different social circles. Lisa is a queen bee and Meredith and her friends just hope to pass each day invisible to the queen bee hive. One fateful afternoon their lives converge with a devastating outcome. While largely Meredith's story, Meredith's mother, Claire, also tells her family's story through the lens of a mother's eye. Perabo does a wonderful job of weaving the theme of blindness, seeing, and shadow into the complexities of the story making it a richer experience.

multcolib_karene Apr 30, 2017

A gripping, intriguing story about a crime and the aftermath. But it's more than that - it's a coming of age story and it's about families and and loss and guilt and healing. Beautifully written with lines that made me stop and reread them (''...her mother's smile looked like she'd drawn it on her face after consulting an illustrated encyclopedia of expressions.''). All of the characters are fascinating but I especially liked hearing all the inner, rather hilarious, thoughts of Claire, the mother.

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