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THE LUMINOUS AND GRIPPING NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF OUR BEST WRITERS (JONATHAN YARDLEY, THE WASHINGTON POST) When Julia Lambert, an art professor, settles into her idyllic Maine house for the summer, she plans to spend the time tending her fragile relationships with her father, a repressive neurosurgeon, and her gentle mother, who is descending into Alzheimer's. But a shattering revelation intrudes: Julia's son Jack has spiraled into heroin addiction. In an attempt to save him, Julia marshals help from her looseknit clan: elderly parents; remarried ex-husband; removed sister; and combative eldest son. Ultimately, heroin courses through the characters' lives with an impersonal and devastating energy, sweeping the family into a world in which deceit, crime, and fear are part of daily life. Roxana Robinson is the author of Sweetwater, which Booklist called a hold-your-breath novel of loss and love. Billy Collins praised Robinson as a master at moving from the art of description to the work of excavating the truths about ourselves. In Cost, Robinson tackles addiction and explores its effects on the bonds of family, dazzling us with her hallmark subtlety and precision in evoking the emotional interiors of her characters. The result is a work in which the reader's sense of discovery and compassion for every character remains unflagging to the end, even as the reader, like the characters, is caught up in Cost's breathtaking pace.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374271879
Branch Call Number: FICTION ROBINSON 2008
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 24 cm

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Oct 28, 2014

What a wonderful author. The subject matter is very disturbing, but she writes the truth, and beautifully.

Sep 18, 2013

What a sad book. Nothing good happens to this family and it gets worse. The author brought the characters to life but they were not happy people. I liked the last sentence of merlinsdad comment. describes the book beautifully.

Apr 14, 2011

Wow. This is a beautiful book. At first I was dubious despite the good reviews, due primarily to the subject matter. I was half expecting a verbal Trainspotting, or a hard hitting "life in a methadone clinic", or a sociopolitical diatribe on America's failure to deal with our drug problem. What I found instead was lyric prose, simply and arrestingly beautiful. I was constantly stopped dead in my tracks after reading lines such as, 'The light was beginning to redden toward sunset, flooding the landscape with carmine, as though beauty itself were a color.' This is about people coping with themselves and their families, and you are elegantly ushered into the family for the duration of the book.

Jan 18, 2010

A beautifully written story of a mother trying to cope with her son's drug addiction.


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