Trespass : Library Edition

Trespass : Library Edition

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ISBN-13: 9781605145204
Publisher: Findaway World Llc
Publication date: 01/15/2008
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.84(w) x 7.77(h) x 1.16(d)

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Trespass 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an astonishingly good book. Valerie Martin, whom I had never heard of before, is an exquisitely talented author. EVERYTHING about this novel is top-rate: the characterizations (in particular), the intermingled themes, the carefully planned structure, the writing itself. I have rarely been so taken with a book. I wanted it to go on and on. I have had many eastern European immigrants in my ESL classes, so the book held special interest to me, but even if I hadn't, I would still have loved it!
sonyau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Engaging and well-written story of two families struggling with external and internal wars. Harsh at times, but true to human nature. The author is not detached and sterile about her characters, which is a welcome contrast to many contemporary novels with thematic plots.
eejjennings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Contrasts the lives of the displaced and massacred Croats during their war against the Serbs in the 1990's to the lives of Americans during the first Iraq war who watched that war from the comfort of their living rooms and local fern bars. Didactic and
emitnick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Toby is the 21-year-old only son of Chloe, a book illustrator, and Brendan, a history professor. When Toby falls in love with, impregnates, and marries a brash, slightly untamed Croatian-American student named Salome, Chloe is horrified. She is certain Toby has been "trapped" by a woman she sees as unsavory and a threat. Meanwhile, Salome's past in war-torn Croatia suddenly rears up, creating havoc for her and Toby. Finally, Chloe is obsessed with a poacher (she's convinced he's "Middle-Eastern" - maybe Lebanese. Turns out he's a Basque) who has been hunting on her land and is determined to make him stop. "Big" themes such as freedom, war, and what it means to be American permeate the book - but I liked the relationships best. Chloe is so exasperating, but also wonderfully strong and intriguing, and the same goes for Salome. The men are mostly sweetie-pies (except when they're evil monsters), but pale in comparison to the women.
davedonelson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What Valerie Martin's characters do isn't as interesting as who they are. Watching her create the intricate nuances of even the minor players in this excellent morality play is like observing an origami master at work.As in Property (another Martin work I highly recommend), each of the characters is someone we both like and dislike, respect and abhor. Chloe Dale, the protagonist, leads the life many of us would love to have. She's talented, successful, relaxed, and fulfilled. She's also overly protective of her son, Toby, and has a streak of bigot in her that makes the reader sit up and take notice. It's the mix of sweet and sour that makes Chloe a fully-realized human being--and one fascinating to read about.You'll have mixed feelings about every one of the characters: husband Brendan is unambitious but level-headed, son Toby a romantic naif blinded by his hormones. His wife Salome, a Croatian refugee, is mysteriously seductive and parasitic. Jelena, the unidentified narrator of great swatches of the book, is revealed like a slowly peeling onion.There are enough plot twists and action to carry the story along, but the real pleasure in reading Trespass is in discovering the characters as Martin's fruitful mind conceived them.