Emancipating Alice

Emancipating Alice❮Read❯ ➹ Emancipating Alice ➼ Author Ada Winder – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Now that her husband George is dead middle aged homemaker Alice Owens thinks his oppressive reign over her life has ended—but she is wrong George thwarts her attempts at freedom mentally and physica Now that her husband George is dead middle aged homemaker Alice Owens thinks his oppressive reign over her life has ended—but she is wrong George thwarts her attempts at freedom mentally and physically from beyond the grave Alice returns from a routine grocery shopping trip to find her husband slumped over their kitchen table as dead as her love for him Glad her strangled life with him has ended she prepares for the arrival of her adult children—a daughter who hates her and a needy son—who will inevitably show up for the funeral But while cleaning out George's belongings Alice stumbles across enigmatic documents linking him to an African American charity and a heinous crime committed over thirty years priorAlice grapples not only with memories of her marriage's turbulent past but with murder and infidelity from George's secret double life pushing themselves into her present Will Alice finally gain the freedom she has always desired Or will George's secrets shove her over the edge. What a clever and unusual book A teaser You will either love this or hate it No middle ground I loved it “Emancipating Alice” by Ada Winder is a book I have been looking forward to read for some time and stayed at the bottom of my pile as incentive to do less promising work I knew from the first page onwards I was going to like this and I was right about thatAfter over 30 years of marriage George dies and his widow Alice needs to come to terms with her loss and her memories A very sentimental but incredibly well done and touching first part tells us about the first few days after the death and – in flashbacks – how the couple met and how they fell in love Gradually we learn about the seemingly happy and perfect family and come to realise that not all was or is well in the family relations Thoughts of sacrifices and missed opportunities loom as the end of that particular road has arrivedWinder writes with such an empathetic voice and great psychological understanding of her characters that I found it very hard to believe that these were not real people and Alice not Ada herself that convincing is the writing and the heartfelt tone of Alice’s voice I found it all the touching yet Alice is far from the one dimensional grief struck widow that this review begins to make her out to be But I must leave that all for you to explore yourselfPart two hands the story over to George and his perspective where we learn about his private life and his reasons for the various choices and actions he took in his life This book is a piece of art; with the description of the family rows and animosities and the funeral itself this has transgressed far beyond the simple tale of a death it has become the story of an entire family and their secrets lies and problems The book is sad and reflective in many parts but also fast moving and emotional in many other ways As far as you can ever fairly compare writers to each other this is somewhat reminiscent of the writings of Lionel Shriver and Anne Tyler two of my favourite authors but that is by no means an accusation of imitation but a huge compliment from the reviewer “Emancipating Alice” writes honest and perceptive about human nature just as much as Shriver and Tyler do so all three are “stealing” from the same pool of inspiration called life Amazing Go and get it How anyone could read this book and not fall in love with it would be beyond my scope of understanding I was amazed when I read the afterthoughts of the author to learn that this novel was a National Novel Writing Month book I have read many and this book far surpassed the othersThis novel is simply wonderful At times it is disturbing always refreshing and at the very heart of this book is the raw emotion of a woman who never got the chance to experience the life she felt she deserved Fiction can be many things and every once in a while can take you on a journey to a place where you forget that you are reading fiction at allIn many ways this book reminded me of a memoir I do realize that the characters are fictional but the way the author penned them so real so alive almost made me forget that I was absorbed in this book from the first page The only thing I didn't love 100% about this book was the jumping back and forth from one time period to another It was handled well don't get me wrong but it began one way where the memories were in italics and then shifted to where the next chapter was in another time frame This was not inherently bad but it threw me a littleOtherwise what I found when reading this was that I was already looking forward to seeing what else this talented and well spoken author would come up with next I would certainly recommend this book to others It was a nice change to see a novel follow so closely the life and progression of one character I felt this gave me an opportunity as the reader to really get to know this character to feel her pain her fear and her eventual joyRead this book you won't be sorry you did I will definitely add Ada Winter to my authors to watch list I won a copy of Emancipating Alice as a goodreads first read giveawayI really really liked this book Even though I guessed somewhat early on how the ending would happenit did not stop me from being engrossed with this book until the very end The is the story of Alice and George Owen The novel starts out with Alice coming home from the grocery store to find George dead at the kitchen table You will find out why Alice has a lovehate relationship with her husband and the secrets that was kept from her during their marriageIt is also told from the perspective of some other key characters such as their children Drew and Elaine and George's sister Miriam I don't like to give to much of the book plot away in my reviews I will just say that this is a book worth picking up and reading This would make the perfect book to throw in you bag and take to the beach with you this summer Very clever opening – a shopping list interspersed with Alice’s inter dialogue reflecting the insight that her husband has just died The reader is already curious about the couple’s relationship We then flash back to the beginning of their courtship in college which already indicates signs of a controlling husband to be Perfect dialogueI've only read the ABNA excerpt but hope to get to the rest of this book soon We meet Alice in the grocery store shopping while she waits for the appropriate time to go home and find her husband dead The reader knows she has killed him but we don't know why or how or how she will get away with itVery well written but we could have done without Chapter Fourteen From the beginning their relationship had an imbalance built into it by the very double standard that often defined relationships in those times It was the 1970s and they were in college when they began and even though Alice was feeling the thrill of realizing her own dreams the marriage between her and George was not to be an eual oneHe expected her to give up on her career aspirations since he could provide financial support for them None of her protests changed anything She could have fought you might say Or demanded her due But George was one of those men that women loved Alice didn't feel she could keep him unless she gave inThus begins the tale of these two Emancipating Alice takes the reader from these beginnings and the ineuity of their relationship and leads us through the challenges of child rearing mostly for Alice since George's presence was as the fun loving dad and into the later years when something from the past rises up and changes the dynamic between themIn the first chapter we see that George has died and that Alice at the market seems to have some kind of prescience about his demise What we learn slowly and gradually is how the entrapment of one partner by the other can begin gradually until it is firmly entrenched and that only a drastic action can sever the ropes that bind them togetherWhy does George have numerous secret files How is Alice able to finally take back her power And what has eaten away at Alice's relationship with her daughter Elaine until the two are like cold strangers What will Alice do after the funeral to finally emancipate herselfDivided into sections we first see the story from Alice's perspective followed by George's viewpoint Otherwise I might have simply detested George whom we see in a somewhat distorted version in the beginning But George's point of view is also skewed with the justifications for his behavior on full displayLike most marriages there are definitely two sides to the storyand sometimes than two The offspring of a couple add another dimension to the family dynamic and change how events will unfoldA delightful and captivating read this story was enjoyable There were some punctuation and grammatical issues that distracted me at times but the novel's depth and layers as well as my curiosity kept me reading Four stars For an independently published book from a debut author Emancipating Alice isn't half bad Editing errors are minimal mostly of the missing comma variety there are no glaring formatting flaws and author Winder is a competent writerThe story starts off with promise Alice a middle aged housewife is at the grocery store when she is overwhelmed by the sense that Georgeher husband of many years has died As Alice continues to shop Winder makes it clear that Alice is somehow responsible for George's death IntriguingThe further I got into the book though the my interest waned Through flashbacks we learn that Alice feels that George in the guise of caring for her has suffocated her spirit and independence through the years George doesn't beat her or mistreat her in any way; he doesn't even bully her He just overwhelms her She's a passive character and passive characters are rarely compellingAs the plot moves forward we're introduced to George and Alice's grown children and spend a lot of time on their backstories Unfortunately these characters aren't particularly compelling either and Winder's telly narrative style doesn't help There are many long passages consisting of the characters remembering something or thinking about what's going on in their lives rather than engaging with other characters to show us these thingsWinder's fatal error is when she moves to George's backstory The I learned about him the I liked him Yes George is kind of a self centered jerk and yes he makes a terrible choice one night that has grave conseuences But George also tries and tries hard to make up for what he's done That he ends up getting mired further and yet still keeps trying to make things right makes you feel sorry for him George is NOT a passive character and that makes him much interesting and sympathetic than AliceThe theme of Emancipating Alice seems to be that George is such a bad guy that Alice is justified in killing him but George's story makes that theme backfire I no longer bought that Alice was a victim; in fact I lost all sympathy for her I don't think that's what author Winder intended “Emancipating Alice” is Ada Winder debut novel The novel begins with Alice a middle aged homemaker who comes home to her husband George dead at the kitchen table Her first thought is that she is finally free of him She spends the first day clearing every item he owned out of her house and does not call their children with the news until the next dayHer world was one giant exercise in double standards Her husband forced her to begin dating him distance herself from any other male give up on her career and have children before she was ready Her job was to take care of him and their new and on her end unwanted family George on the other hand is allowed as many female friends as he wants to work to spend plenty of time with his friends socializing and keeps complete control over every aspect of Alice’s lifeThe novel has two separate storylines happening The first storyline written in present tense in 2006 where George has just died The second being flashbacks to the beginnings of their relationship and the subseuent years of their marriage Winder is a talented new writer Her novel was thought provoking and heart wrenching at times Her character development was excellent Her characters were exceptionally realistic and ultimately flawed and far from infallible Alice is by no means free of blame but it would be impossible to feel no empathy towards her and her situationThere were some editing issues Problems with grammar punctuation and other small errors but overall was a very good read The reader does not truly find out what happened until the last few pages of the book With time and experience Winder is going to be an excellent writer This was a very well written debut novelI recommend it An interesting book I thought the writing was very good Very realistic For content and writing the author deserves 5 stars But for me personally it was the gnawing in my gut the uneasiness that I felt about the subject matter that I rated it 3 starsI thought that the author did an excellent job on how Alice was manipulated by George At times it was difficult to read about how he threatened her and controlled her but as a classic abuser he was free to do what he wanted when he wanted and she was to never uestion him about his behavior What was absolutely forbidden for her the rules imposed by George did not apply to him I wanted to reach into the book and tell Alice to fleeI don't think Alice did her children any favors by staying in the marriage I was disturbed that the daughter Elaine put her father on a pedestal As an educated and adult woman I don't know how she could not see his true colorsAgain for me personally it was difficult to read I am going out on a limb here for those who have lived this life it was difficult subject matter I think if you have never lived this kind of life it provides insight And a lot of times the emotional abuse is only the tip of the iceberg The threat is very real If you leave me I will have to kill you