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In this, her first novel, Mary Robison takes her hard-edged and immaculate voice to another level. This is a novel about a madcap Midwestern family living under eccentric protection of a singular father--a band of clever survivors who ultimately find a way of staying happy in a world gone crazy....

Title : oh
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ISBN : 33011090
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 501 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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oh Reviews

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-02-23 00:06

    Eccentric, bizarre and quirky, the family within the pages of this book is as crazy as they come, and although they won't admit it, very miserable, too. When secrets are uncovered, the family finds a purpose to reconnect again. Exciting, funny, weird and incredible, Oh! is a novel unlike any other.

  • Simon A. Smith
    2019-02-22 23:58

    This book needs cover art! Why is it blank? That really bothers me for some reason...Anyway, I think this book was pretty good. It's a really hard one to put into words. I think I might need more time. I know it will stay with me. I originally picked this up because the chapters are super short and I'm working on a novel that uses the same sort of formatting. For that, I think it helped. I also got a great deal of enjoyment out of it. It was a very fast read of course...Let's see, what else? It was mostly funny, but sometimes really sad. One of the most disfunctional families I've ever read about. It sorta reminded me of a Salinger short story stretched out over 200 pages... smart kids with weird quarks, lots of family drama and odd dialogue. But I do love dialogue and Robison's was pretty damn good.I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. I just found out there was one. I keep picturing Crispin Glover. I have no idea if he's in the movie, but I feel like he'd play the character of Howdy pretty well... Give this one a look. I don't think you'll be too disappointed... Although the ending wasn't the best... I better stop.UPDATE: Holy crap! Crispin Glover is in the movie! I honestly had no idea. And so is William S. Burroughs and Tim Robbins. Crazy! I'm going to order it right now.

  • Laurel Beth
    2019-02-24 19:03

    engrossing in the best way. unlike why did i ever which conjured robison's neurosis, this book was an island of its own, all the characters so fully realized that the author wasn't there at all. i love a big boisterous wildly inappropriate family with a veritable DSM-V of personalities. xoxo.also not to make judgements on bodies but the author photo on the back flap is the fucking babeliest, all skintight black with perfect bardot hair and a tangle of limbs.

  • Tonjia Atomic
    2019-03-15 01:06

    I loved this book. I thought it was fun and charming. The writing was clever and the characters were interesting. I also liked that the story was told in a non-traditional manner. I saw the movie "Twister", with Crispin Glover and Suzi Amis. It was pretty much exactly the same. The movie is very charming and funny as well.

  • Erica
    2019-03-19 22:12

    Disfunctional family, early 80's. Liked her style, wish there was more of a point. But that was probably the point. "Virginia was decked out in a golfish wraparound skirt, immaculate sneakers, and a polo top. She gestured and laughed from one end of the sofa, and capped the point of her crossed knee with her white canvas hat. She pushed the telling of her anecdote as Violet sprinted at her. "So there I was, with a thimble on my finger, sewing on this mysterious jacket - all for this little dog I used to have - Dante."or"He hung up the phone. He took the cord from around his neck and began to assemble his apartment. First, he collected all the shards of broken glass and made a pile of them on top of the television. He turned on the set. He sat down and watched. He watched until he fell asleep."

  • khatch
    2019-03-20 21:51

    i kept thinking this would be a good book to teach. first, hello dialogue. and then timeline slash "chapter" design. but mostly, i'd like to discuss with other people whether the characters are worth caring about. i feel like cute is a good word for this book. and sometimes maybe things can just be cute. so long as they don't think they're cute. class, does the book think it's cute?***i kinda wanted to give it 3.5 stars, but darn goodreads gives you all or nothing. so i went all because cindy really likes it and i really like cindy. and it is cute. ADDENDUM: OR i wonder if wes anderson made this into a movie and if bill murray played cleveland, if i'd love it then. angelica huston as virginia. i bet i would. and if there was good music behind it. oh! wes, if you're reading this, it'll be better than dejarling limited. hop to it.

  • Carly
    2019-03-06 01:08

    A book seemingly written for the purpose of being written. There is no plot to speak of, no purpose, and no real arc. It follows the quirky lives of those in a quirky (rich & unrelateable) family; still, it was unique and I haven't really read a book like it before. Simple, and read for simply the pleasure of reading something.

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-02 20:14

    Oh! (Nonpareil Book, 50.) by Mary Robison (1988)

  • Leota
    2019-03-13 18:11

    3 stars for plot, 5+ for the dialogue and language. I love the way she tells stories.

  • cindy
    2019-03-13 02:13

    didn't want it to end

  • Cardee
    2019-03-08 22:58

    So great, so perfect. But the highpoint of perfection was the dialogue. Craft-wise, this book is genius. Not craft-wise, still genius.