Advance reader reviews of The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache.

The Art of Saying Goodbye

A Novel

By Ellyn Bache

The Art of Saying Goodbye
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2011,
    352 pages.

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  • Mary S. (Hilton Head Island, SC)


    Just Okay
    I really wanted to like this book and stuck with it to the very end, but unfortunately, I knew how it was going to end after reading chapter one. The writing was simplistic and pedantic. The story line was not original. I felt as if the author wanted to tie up loose ends and provide some sort of mystery which was solved at the end. She never succeeded.
  • Judy W. (Tucker, GA)


    The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache
    If you read for character discussions or analysis, this book has more per square inch than many "beach reads". The characters, of which there are too many, are not well developed. This title would provide good discussion for a book club whose members are in their 30s and 40s. I did not enjoy the book and would not recommend it.
  • Tamara S. (Wenatchee, WA)


    Real Women, Real Life
    Well-written and a realistic portrayal on how women friends and neighbors react when someone close to them is diagnosed with a terminal condition at the prime of their life. Reminds us that knowing your losing someone you have known for a while results in reflecting on how this person has influenced your personal choices and interpersonal relationships even if they were not your best friend or even a close family member.
  • Laura L. (Providence, RI)


    a topic people don't talk about
    I chose to review this book because I have been thinking a lot about life and death. Both of my parents passed away from cancer in the past five years. Both were quick deaths from diagnosis to death. I appreciated that this novel speaks about how things happen that we have no control of. At times I became confused as the characters are not as complicated as they could be, and I think that less characters and deeper inner lives would bring this book to a rating of five. Nevertheless some of the lines hit home.
  • Jo B. (DeRidder, LA)


    The art of saying Goodbye
    This book appealed to me with the description comparing it to authors that I like. It is a major disappointment. I find the characters poorly developed and the story line weak. I'm not going to finish it because I have too many other books to read. Sorry this one wasn't better developed.
  • Sarah H. (Arvada, CO)


    Well intentioned, poorly executed
    Unremarkable characters and prosaic writing make an interesting premise unsubstantial. There are a few poignant lines, but they seem out of context. The author's intent and honesty come through to lend the book legitimacy, making it readable just not memorable.
  • Mary Lou M. (N Royalton, OH)


    The Art of Saying Goodbye
    In my opinion, the characters lacked a true connection. Yes, Paisley was supposedly the connection to everyone, but as the reader, I never felt a connection to Paisley. Background information on the characters needed some punching up. Would not recommend this book to my book club, it might cause a mutiny.
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