A Small Indiscretion

A Small Indiscretion

Large Print - 2015
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At nineteen, Annie Black abandons California for a London winter drinking to oblivion and looking for love in the wrong places. Twenty years later, she is a happily married mother of three in San Francisco. Then a photograph arrives in her mailbox, awakening an old obsession. After a return trip to London, Annie's marriage falters, her store floods, and her son, Robbie, takes a night-time ride that nearly costs him his life. Now Annie must save her family by untangling the mysteries of the reckless winter that drew an invisible map of her future.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410478672
Branch Call Number: LP ELLIS-J
Characteristics: large print
481 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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athompson10 Apr 23, 2016

Took me a while to get into this one; I'm starting to become frustrated with the current trend of telling a story by jumping back and forth between present and past rather than writing a straight linear progression. In this book the writer travels among present, recent past of the last year, and older past of 20+ years ago. I'd figured out the big reveal/secret halfway through but kept reading to find out how the author brought it out. In the end this is a tale of marriage, love and forgiveness, narrated by a somewhat unlikeable, very flawed character who can be almost sociopathic in her detachment, even when she's professing her love for the various people in her life.

Dec 31, 2015

Interesting book. Not the best I have read but I kept on reading to see what would happen. I do not think the dust jacket flap gives an accurate description of what the story is about. Was also surprised it was J. Ellison's first book. Will look for others by her.

Jun 12, 2015

As a fellow grad of SFSU, I really wanted to like this novel, but was only able to read a few chapters before I heard the voice of my Creative Writing teacher at SFSU shouting in my ear, warning me of the excessive use of passive voice: "It was...." "There are...." This book needed a better editor.

Mar 25, 2015

Chronical-suspenseful first novel early sexual odysseys produce astonishing latter-day fallout

Sep 14, 2014

Narrator Annie Black moves between recounting stories of her 19-year old self and present day self. She has been shaken up, by her son's car accident - which isn't mentioned on the back-cover but is a back-drop to the novel. Don't worry - it's not a spoiler, you find out about 10 pages in.

It's easy to get wrapped up in Jan Ellison's writing. I was surprised to learn that this is her first novel.


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