No One Is Coming to Save Us

No One Is Coming to Save Us

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"JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he's startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Ava is now married and desperate for a baby, though she can't seem to carry one to term. Her husband, Henry, has grown distant, frustrated by the demise of the furniture industry, which has outsourced to China and stripped the area of jobs. Ava's mother, Sylvia, caters to and meddles with the lives of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia's unworthy but charming husband, just won't stop hanging around. JJ's returnand his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo Avanot only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town."--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062472984
0062472984
Branch Call Number: F WATTS-S
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 24 cm

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LPL_ShirleyB Jan 07, 2021

I recommend this debut novel centered around dn African American community in North Carolina where the author grew up, Watts writes with heart & humor! A contemporary story of characters longing for connection is universal -- relatable to efforts to reach the American dream as in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, yet more resonate to great works by J. California Cooper, Gloria Naylor, and Jacqueline Woodson. Winner of the NAACP Image Award Winner.

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maipenrai
Jan 03, 2021

The references to the Great Gatsby are reflected to the historical relationship between J.J. and Ava. In the way that Jay Gatsby loses Daisy, disappears, and returns as a wealthy man to hope to lure her away from her husband is paralleled with J.J.'s expectations that Ava will leave her terrible husband because he has built a beautiful house with his wealth. We never know how each man gained his wealth. The big difference between the books is the choices made by Ava and Daisy and the complex family life between Ava and her mother Sophie. Daisy is a muddle-headed rich girl who already lives in the bland life of luxury and parties. Ava has grown as a woman and has a much fuller life though it is not characterized the by the wealth of money. She has riches beyond cash. I really enjoyed the book and recommend it highly. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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StoriedLife
Apr 22, 2020

Watts features characters who shift from a belief that the key to their happiness depends on others’ behaving in a particular way to not only accepting responsibility for themselves but also deeper changes in their views of happiness.

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roctb333
Nov 14, 2019

A memorable, wonderfully told story of an American family, coping with their everyday struggles & dreams. While reading the book I felt as if I were part of this family and invested in what was going to happen in the next pages.

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4grandkids_1
May 01, 2019

No One is Coming to Save Us is mom Sylvia’s story about her family. Many family incidents are recalled and the individual members learn the power to change is within themselves.

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njon38
May 12, 2018

I think it is a disservice to the book to describe it as an african american modern day Gatsby. It is a story about the substance of a woman' life both Ava and her mother sylvia in a town in North Carolina where they industry has all closed down. It is a story about what they are allowed to want in post Jim Crow south and what they will allow themselves to want. Little happens in the traditional novel sense but the characters stay with you.

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agoldsby
Apr 22, 2018

This would make an excellent book club selection. My favorite thing overall is the tempo. By the end of the first act I was convinced that Watts nailed the tone and pace of North Carolina. No One Is Coming To Save Us captured the real essence of life in North Carolina the way OWN's Queen Sugar does for Louisiana. The characters are layers and complex. The writing is rich. I look forward to more from this author.

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abbi_g
Mar 18, 2018

I can't recall how I came upon No One Is Coming To Save Us; but I'll admit that the cover art is one of the factors that led me to read it. As far as the story is concerned, it was okay. I understand the Great Gatsby comparison and what's ironic is that I felt meh about that novel too. As a resident of NC that isn't very familiar with the different cities & towns within the state, I enjoyed reading about what small town- living in NC feels like from someone who has personally experienced it (I assume that the author is from a small NC town but I'm not sure). The characters were interesting too and Watts did a good job at weaving their lives together in a way that made the story engaging. However, like I said before, I wasn't blown away by the story; but I would definitely read another novel written by Stephanie Powell Watts.

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laphampeak
Sep 12, 2017

Well written, contemplative. The story takes us into the characters desires - past and present.
Mistakes made, redemptive thoughts. Wish it had a little more oomph.

CatherineG_1 Jul 14, 2017

Ava is a successful woman who appears to have it all; a great job and a loving husband but she cannot sustain a pregnancy despite numerous attempts. Her mother, Sylvia is the female matriarch who is involved in the lives of friends and family alike. JJ, a long lost love from high school days appears on the scene and live changes for everyone.
This family and their friends are dysfunctional with a capital "D".
Great page turner!

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