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Open House by Elizabeth Berg


Another on the Oprah’s book club list

Elizabeth Berg really does write well

I’ve reviewed other books by her and this one is just as good.

My review of What We Keep  can be found here.


A divorce, a death of sorts, a son, a mother, bills to pay

in short a story about life


How does a woman go on living when all she thought was true dissolves in front of her

Her husband leaves not by death but by choice


she is left to pick up the pieces for herself

for her son

a mortgage come due

she opens up her home and rents out rooms to various tenants as she learns to go on living.

My favorite sentence in the whole book comes from this paragraph:

“When does the time come when you stand in front of your grown-up woman’s mirror and feel contentment for what you see? Ever?”


Isn’t that so true

as mother’s/parents/humans we are so seldom content where we are/who we are

always looking toward the next thing to change about ourselves or our lives


You can check out Elizabeth Berg’s website here


but before you do…get the book  and enjoy a good read!


OH and something we should maybe sing to ourselves?


About ellasurreau

I was first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.

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