A wise and lyrical debut novel about a new widower confronting the truth about his long marriage.After the sudden death of his wife, Maida, Gene is haunted by the fear that their marriage was not all it appeared to be. Alongside Ed and Gayle Donnelly, friends since college days, he tries to resurrect happy memories of the times the two couples shared, raising their children in a small New Hampshire town and vacationing together at a lake house every summer. Meanwhile, his daughter, Dary, challenges not only his happy version of the past but also his view of Maida. As a long-standing rift between them deepens, Gene starts to understand how unknown his daughter is to him--and how enigmatic his wife was as well. And a lingering suspicion seizes his mind that could upend everything he thought he knew.Katharine Dion's assured debut moves seamlessly between Gene's present-day journey and the long history of a marriage and friendship. Rich and wonderfully alive, The Dependents is the most mov...
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The Dependents Reviews
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I loved this book, which is mostly inner dialog and small, intricately described moments. It reminded me of a more convrntionally-written Ulysses, in which the author zooms in on ordinary life. I thought it was a perfect gem, although if you are looking for a lot of external events to happen to the characters, you'll be disappointed.
I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful.
The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's death. We catch glimpses of his relationships with old friends, his daughter, a housekeeper (?), and the summer house his family went to for decades. The problem is, even with all of the descriptions and details, I never ...more
Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless?
It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower who can't move beyond the loss of his wife of 49 years.
I have been married for 46 years. I was a month from my 20th birthday when I married. And for all our ups and downs, good times and bad times, my husband has been my ...more
The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower’s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and disillusionment. That is, life. Dion explores these feelings and experiences with stunning language and wise awareness. Her richly-drawn, connected characters are full of the complications of love, longing, need, an ...more
Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much.
A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection on his life with Maida, often in the company of their lifelong friends, the Donnellys, reveal how by stringing together events, thoughts and feelings day by day, over years and decades, we create a coherent narrative ...more
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Gene’s wife Maida has died suddenly after they were married for 49 years. They had one daughter, Dary, who is not very close to her Dad. Dary has a 10 year old daughter who was conceived via a sperm donor and Dary chose to be a single Mom. Gene and Maida have been friends with Gayle and Ed since their college days, vacationing together at a lakeside cottage and bringing their children up together, sharing life’s ...more
This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in every direction, sucked low and flat by a deep inner drain." Sometimes I would re-read sections because the text raised questions that resonated so profoundly with me -- are we afraid to ask for too much because it mig ...more
I won this book from Goodreads contest. I recommend this wonderful book be put on the top of your summer reading list. This is a big debut book from Katharine Dion and I will be watching for her next book.
Gene lost his wife, Maida. quite suddenly. He is having trouble distinguishing the fickleness of memory from the truth of the past. Was his marriage as happy as he thinks it was? Did he really know his wife? Why is there a big rift between him and his daughter, Dary? A lot of questions are aske ...more