A Big Storm Knocked It Over A Novel In A Big Storm Knocked It Over acclaimed author Laurie Colwin explores marriage friendship motherhood and careers as experienced by a cast of endearing idiosyncratic Manhattanites At once a hilar

  • Title: A Big Storm Knocked It Over: A Novel
  • Author: Laurie Colwin
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  • In A Big Storm Knocked It Over, acclaimed author Laurie Colwin explores marriage, friendship, motherhood, and careers as experienced by a cast of endearing, idiosyncratic Manhattanites At once a hilarious social commentary and an insightful, sophisticated modern romance, A Big Storm Knocked It Over will stand as a living tribute to one of contemporary fiction s most origiIn A Big Storm Knocked It Over, acclaimed author Laurie Colwin explores marriage, friendship, motherhood, and careers as experienced by a cast of endearing, idiosyncratic Manhattanites At once a hilarious social commentary and an insightful, sophisticated modern romance, A Big Storm Knocked It Over will stand as a living tribute to one of contemporary fiction s most original voices.

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    1. Laurie Colwin's books tend to be like Sofia Coppola movies: heavy on atmosphere, thin on action. People decry her work for its lack of a linear, fast-pulsing plot. But this is exactly the reason I love it. "A Big Storm" isn't about a chain of events; it's a cross-section of place, time, circumstance. It's about mood and reflection and the small, ordinary joys and heartbreaks that end up defining our lives. As both a reader and a writer, this, to me, *is* plot. I think it was L.M. Montgomery who [...]

    2. A brutally boring and excruciatingly tedious read. Nothing happens in this collection of drivel. It’s a cross between bad chick-lit and just plain crappy fiction.The neurotic heroine, Jane Louise (her name just grates on the nerves), the new reigning TSTL poster-girl, is filled with fake angst, surrounded by fake people and loves creating fake problems where there aren’t any. She’s constantly asking her emotionally stunted husband if he loves her and why he married her and perhaps he shoul [...]

    3. Laurie Colwin is a favorite of mine, and I return to her books again and again. They are not particularly plottedople live their lives, and Colwin narrates the precise and idiosyncratic details of them. Maybe I just find the depiction of a particular subclass of wealthy-enough New Yorkers gives me a kind of nostalgia-for-something-I-never-had. But I love Colwin's writing, and this is my favorite of her books: a simple story about a woman who has a baby. I read it at least once a year.

    4. There are, to me, few authors as enormously comforting as Laurie Colwin. I miss subway stops, linger while making coffee, wish for more minutes in the day. She may not be everyone's cup of tea, but she's certainly mine.

    5. The thing about Laurie Colwin's work is this: she writes great characters in interesting settings, she puts them in relationships that intrigue me, but generally she's not much for plot. Usually I have no patience for stories that are short on story, but in Colwin's case, somehow things work for me. She's been compared to Austen, which is a bit of a stretch -- Jane loved a good story arc, after all; I'd also compare her to Anne Tyler and in a smaller way, to Elinor Lipman.A Big Storm Knocked it [...]

    6. My most favorite book in which nothing really happens, but I'm over the moon about the writing. Laurie Colwin is my all-time favorite writer.

    7. Though I don’t like winter much, I do like this chapter from A Big Storm Knocked it Over, by Laurie Colwin. I like it very much, and could well imagine a Christmas like this. So here is the last idyllic scene of winter, as Jane Louise and her husband Teddy decide to do away with the stress and strife of holidays spent with family, and run away to Vermont for Christmas with Jane Louise’s best friends, Edie and Mokie:In the end they bundled into Edie and Mokie’s old car and drove to Vermont, [...]

    8. I don't know. There was a lot I liked about this novel. I liked the settings--mainly an upscale publishing house in NYC and a country house in Massachusetts. The characters were vivid, and I definitely related to some of them in some ways. The book overall was smart and often funny. But it seems to me this book was a couple drafts away from really being finished. The characters were all somehow remote, as if they were all talk and no real inner life (kind of a "telling but not showing" problem, [...]

    9. I recently finished Happy All the Time and loved it. I just got 1/4 of the way through this one and can't bring myself to finish it. Happy All the Time was hilarious. Where's the humor in this one? Am I missing something? I generally don't mind books that are slow on the action if they have good characterizations, but Jane Louise (and I agree with the reader who found her name pretentious and annoying)is just whiny and dull. Additionally, the dynamics of race and class here are uncomfortable, an [...]

    10. I am a sucker for Colwin, and like so many, wish she had lived longer and written more. I like her gentle sense of humor and realistic take on modern relationships.

    11. another addition to the summer of reading trivialities! a strange thing has happened to me this summer, which is Spontaneous Cooking & Baking. i am beginning to like it? last summer was my Cooking For Myself For The First Time summer, during which i was not an enormous fan/grieving for my mother's cooking, and then during the year i was a very not-great rigorously scheduled cooking arrangement with my roommates, which didn't so much turn me off the whole thing as make me acutely aware of the [...]

    12. I have been doing so much rereading right now—for my book group and other projects—that I was craving something fresh, short, and utterly delightful. Why didn’t I think of Laurie Colwin earlier? I have always enjoyed anything I have read by her for their breezy brilliance, and this is no exception. Jane Louise is a recently married graphic artist for a publishing company in Manhattan whose work is constantly being interrupted by her oversexed co-worker, Sven. Jane Louise and her husband Te [...]

    13. Well written but a bit tiresome. The obsession with money and the differences it appears to create have become quite stale. There was a time when those differences were more obvious — and important in NY — than they are now. And of course her boss’ “sexual harassment” seems so timely to read about given what is finally coming out about how men with power treat women. Our heroine does a masterful job of pushing him away and telling him what she thinks of him, thank goodness

    14. Laurie Colwin had/has a foodie cult following. Her reputation is deserved unfortunately she was taken from us too soon. This book is a hearth warming little story of love and food.

    15. This was a reread. I gave it a 7.5 of 10. Story about a young couple whose families were both disfunctional. Of course this has led to certain insecurities and other "scars" they each have to deal with as they set out to build a family of their own.

    16. Laurie Colwin is such a lovely writer, and yet many people don't know about her, perhaps because she died young. A Big Storm Knocked It Over was Colwin's fifth and final novel (she also wrote short stories and charming essays about cooking and food), and concerns the joys and anxieties a slightly older Manhattanite named Jane Louise has about marriage and motherhood. Rounding out the perspectives on these things are a supporting cast of characters that includes Jane Louise's husband, Teddy; her [...]

    17. Interesting to read this right after Carol Shields' "The Republic of Love". I have to say this has so much less substance, tho Colwin is normally a writer I love. This is a story about some middle & upper middle class New Yorkers & their families, experiencing love, marriage & new parenthood over a period of several months. Not a whole lot to it other than that. I can't say I really cared about any of the characters though I sort of loved Sven the lecherous boss! Question - why does [...]

    18. I suggest this to my pregnant friends. It has a different meaning to it when you are pregnant then when you are not. It captures the uncertainty and insecurity of pregnancy with your first child. Colwin is a writer who revels in the small details. I still look for the headboard that Jane Louise and her husband first sleep together in, one with pomegranates and wheat stalks. I also like the relationship between Jane Louise and her best friend, and the chapter where the two couples spend the holid [...]

    19. Acclaimed author Laurie Colwin explores themes of love, marriage, careers, motherhood and friendship in this book that covers the life of late thirty something Jane Louise, an insecure Manhattan book designer recently married to calm, steady, reliable chemist Teddy. Jane Louise, who lived a sort of nomadic existence as a child, struggles to adjust to her new life of marriage and potential children and has a yearning that she can’t put her finger on. Published posthumously, Colwin has wisdom ab [...]

    20. Still love Colwin, still perturbed about race in her books - glad that best friend's husband is black, not into the self-depracating comments that said black man makes about himself. While I'm sure they're true, they ring a bit false to me. Not a small thing to put aside, but a small part of the book. There are passages, themes, and of course - her many details - that make me fall in love with her as an author. While I'm not a mom yet, her opening paragraph about motherhood is something to savor [...]

    21. Well written account of a relationship between a couple in their late 30s recently married and having a child. Lots of interesting peripheral characters and a vein of sensuality that runs through it all. The fact that the couple have met later in life means their pasts are unknown to each other and Colwin touches on this without fully exploring it which is frustrating. In the end it was an easy quite interesting read but not very fulfilling. I met Colwin's name in a post on Facebook but I probab [...]

    22. Jane Louise is newly married to Teddy. She is adjusting to a new lifestyle as well as possible changes at work. Sven, an editor where she works, seems to complicate her life with work-related issues as well as office gossip and sexual innuendo. Edie is Jane Louise's friend and confidant. All of the characters come from broken families which affect the way they interact with one another.Just a "sampling of lives"

    23. A I love this book. It is a fantastic, wonderful book. This is a book about love, growing older, starting a family, and esp friendship. Our narrator is Jane Louise who just got married. She is absolutely hilarious and has a wonderfully funny best friend Edie. The struggles in their life - sexual harassment, racism, money, love - are all held in this funny and curious way. I loved how Jane Louise even questions the love she has for her husband, and is this how it is supposed to be. great stuff.

    24. The book is about a woman who gets married and has a child at the same time that her best friend does the same. The two couples live in Manhattan in what would seem to be an almost perfect world. A book about friendship, relationships, anxiety set primarily in a idyllic Manhattan that I barely recognize. Well written, mostly, with some good narrative, particularly between the main character an a lesser character with whom she works.

    25. I think I read this book thinking it was Happy All the Time, which I'd heard people raving about, and I was baffled. This is a whole book in search of a point. I will read Happy All the Time at some point, but this book traumatized me a bit in my quest for Laurie Colwin success. Nothing happens.

    26. A Big Storm Knocked It Over was Laurie Colwin's final book, published posthumously. I did get the feeling she hadn't quite finished it. I enjoyed her slice-of-life approach to romance and her Manhattan characters. Nothing big happens but everything happens. Friendships dwindle or grow stronger in a realistic way. I always loved her books, especially Home Cooking. And I think it must be a NY thing to refer to women by two names. My Brooklyn cousins all do that.

    27. This book was disappointingly disappointing. I read a book of her short stories, The Lone Pilgrim, which was excellent, but this book was boring? Could it have been boring? I think it was supposed to be just a really nice story about these two people in love, but nothing really happened. I am not opposed to lack of action on principle (see Bel Canto and A Prairie Home Companion, both of which I love) but this book never got anywhere below superficial.

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