Then Again

Then Again When Michelle Schafer receives an invitation to A Blast from the Past party to be held in the suburban home in which she and her siblings were raised she wonders if her brother Joel an obscenely wea

  • Title: Then Again
  • Author: Elyse Friedman
  • ISBN: 9780679310686
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Michelle Schafer receives an invitation to A Blast from the Past party to be held in the suburban home in which she and her siblings were raised, she wonders if her brother Joel, an obscenely wealthy Hollywood screenwriter, has finally crossed the line from amusingly eccentric to disturbingly weird She and her sister Marla arrive at the peculiar reunion to discoverWhen Michelle Schafer receives an invitation to A Blast from the Past party to be held in the suburban home in which she and her siblings were raised, she wonders if her brother Joel, an obscenely wealthy Hollywood screenwriter, has finally crossed the line from amusingly eccentric to disturbingly weird She and her sister Marla arrive at the peculiar reunion to discover that the family home has been restored to look as it did in the 1970s, and that Joel has hired two actors to play their parents who died almost twenty five years ago Then Again unlocks the door to the blackly comic history of the Schafer family with some explosive results.

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    1. I thought this was a cheesy teen novel with an interesting an glitzy premise. Lord knows the school library knew what it was doing when it slapped on the "mature readers only" sticker on the cover of Then Again. I don't know how it managed to end up on the shelves on my catholic high school, but thank god it did. And thank god it was nothing like the cover and snippet on the back made it out to be. This book doesn't need a long explanation. Just read it. The storytelling is amazing- I don't want [...]

    2. I'm not one to read books over and over againbut this is one of my exceptions. I've lost count of how many times I've read it. It's an odd little gem about a super average woman named Michelle and her relatively average life (her brother aside) and her retracing the steps of a failed relationship. I LOVE IT. If you can get your mitts on a copy, please do give it a go.

    3. Title: Then AgainAuthor: Elyse FriedmanCopyright date: 1999Publisher: Vintage CanadaHow many pages: 190 pgsHow long it took me to read: 10 daysCategory: FictionI learned about this book from: scanning the table at the used bookstoreThis book was purchased at: My favorite used bookstoreThis book is: very funny and quirkyOther books by this author: n/aFavorite characters: n/aLeast favorite Characters: MarlaWhen and Where the story takes place: Toronto, WinnepegPlot in a nutshell: Michelle Schafer [...]

    4. My hands are tied. Friedman is a fantastic writer. She’s quick and unique and immediate. The main character, Michelle Schafer, is a fast-talking drinker, unapologetic “fornicator,” and generally messed up girl. I really, really didn’t like her. At all. Like, not for a second. I didn’t enjoy being in her self-obsessed world, where apparently everyone else is annoying except her. Please. But, as I said, the writing is top notch. How can I separate the two? Is it possible to love the writ [...]

    5. One of my favourite books. Screwball and sassy with a wide pop-cultural repartee of music, movies, and crackerjack wit. Michelle, the protagonist, is uncompromisingly antisocial and a keen observer of feigned humanity. The book paints a clear picture of growing up in suburban Toronto in the 1970s with a loudly emotional family and her eventual path to becoming a near-recluse bookstore operator, reunited with her dilettante, people-pleasing sister and Howard Hughes-level film exec brother who sta [...]

    6. Interesting read. Somewhat unbelievable premise, but very well written. Elyse Friedman seemlessly flips back and forth between the past and present to weave Michelle's story. Michelle's character is well developed. I think her brother and sister's character could have been delved into slightly more, but it didn't detract too much from the story since it revolved mostly around her. She manages to tell what could have turned into a sappy story with wit & cleverness, turning it from sappy to sn [...]

    7. there are no words to describe this book. except to say "OHMYGOD READ IT!"and one of the best/funniest quotes i've ever read is from this book"i'm here to put the c*nt back in country". in my opinion Elyse Friedman is one of canada's best writers.

    8. An infectious, compelling read Interestingly, I thought the characters were vibrant and very believable, but the plot premise was rather improbable. At the same time, it was kind of a cliffhanger to see how it would all resolve.

    9. This is a pretty weird book, and yet ultimately relatable in terms of family relationships, the unpredictable shapes that love takes, and the price of hope. Read it.

    10. This was one of my favorite books in 1999, the year it came out. It has teeth and heart. I haven't felt the same about subsequent books of Friedman's.

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