The Dependents

The Dependents

A wise and lyrical debut novel about a new widower confronting the truth about his long marriage. After the sudden death of his wife, Maida, Gene is haunted by the fear that their marriage was not all it appeared to be. Alongside Ed and Gayle Donnelly, friends since college days, he tries to resurrect happy memories of the times the two couples shared, raising their childre A wise and lyrical debut novel about a new widower confronting the truth about his long marriage. After the sudden...

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Title:The Dependents
Author:Katharine Dion
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:B0763KR4T8
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Dependents Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    Apr 23, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

  • Susan
    Oct 01, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

    This novel is the relentless narrative of the pathos of aging and physical decline illustrated through the life of Gene Ashe. We meet the pathetic Gene after the death of his wife Maida and follow his path to hiis examination of his life and his relationships. It is a novel that is unr...

    Katharine Dion has written an extraordinary novel. While I think of myself as a 'fast' reader, I read The Dependents very slowly. For four reasons, probably: 1) because I found myself re-reading this book over and over again, sometimes whole sections, sometimes a paragraph or a sentenc...

    Beautiful writing in many ways, but read more like a short story to me rather than a satisfying novel. ...

    On Goodreads, this book was described as "lyrical," so that set me up to think I'd be reading a more rich and varied prose, but the novel wasn't actually lyrical. It was rather straight forward. It started out a bit slow, with Gene and his daughter preparing for the mother's memorial. ...

    "Marraige wasn't innoculation against conflict". Gene spent 49 years with Maida who suddenly dies. Ed and Gayle Donnelly have been their best friends since their college years and their close friendship endured. Dary, Gene's only child grew up very close to the Donnellys and their boys...

    Dion's prose reads like a candidate's submission for a doctorate in psychology whose topic is "long-term marriages, compare and contrast 50 years of spousal relationships." She tries to get into the head of someone old enough to be her parent, possibly even older, while attempting to ...

    This book started out S L O W?.to the point where I found myself rushing to get past the paragraphs that droned on and on. The writing was beautifully descriptive and even lyrical, but I couldn?t help but be?.bored. (*yawn*) As the story progressed, there were moments when I g...

    The Dependents I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Gene?s wife Maida has died suddenly after they were married for 49 years. They had one daughter, Dary, who is not very close to her Dad. Dary has a 10 year old daughter who was conceived via a sp...

    This was a fast and easy read. It was an interesting perspective for me, seeing so easily how someone can filter every detail so strongly into their own narrative of their life, and how easily that can come into question. This seems pretty universal but it was kind of a reminder to me ...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    May 08, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

  • Carrie
    Nov 02, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

  • Rachel
    Jun 27, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

    This novel is the relentless narrative of the pathos of aging and physical decline illustrated through the life of Gene Ashe. We meet the pathetic Gene after the death of his wife Maida and follow his path to hiis examination of his life and his relationships. It is a novel that is unr...

    Katharine Dion has written an extraordinary novel. While I think of myself as a 'fast' reader, I read The Dependents very slowly. For four reasons, probably: 1) because I found myself re-reading this book over and over again, sometimes whole sections, sometimes a paragraph or a sentenc...

    Beautiful writing in many ways, but read more like a short story to me rather than a satisfying novel. ...

  • Lynne Spreen
    Jun 30, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

  • Marianne
    Aug 02, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

  • Jonathan
    Aug 01, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

  • Elizabeth
    Jun 24, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

  • Larry H
    Apr 08, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

  • Diane Payne
    May 21, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

    This novel is the relentless narrative of the pathos of aging and physical decline illustrated through the life of Gene Ashe. We meet the pathetic Gene after the death of his wife Maida and follow his path to hiis examination of his life and his relationships. It is a novel that is unr...

    Katharine Dion has written an extraordinary novel. While I think of myself as a 'fast' reader, I read The Dependents very slowly. For four reasons, probably: 1) because I found myself re-reading this book over and over again, sometimes whole sections, sometimes a paragraph or a sentenc...

    Beautiful writing in many ways, but read more like a short story to me rather than a satisfying novel. ...

    On Goodreads, this book was described as "lyrical," so that set me up to think I'd be reading a more rich and varied prose, but the novel wasn't actually lyrical. It was rather straight forward. It started out a bit slow, with Gene and his daughter preparing for the mother's memorial. ...

  • Jeanne Boudreau
    Sep 21, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

  • Kati Berman
    May 06, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

    This novel is the relentless narrative of the pathos of aging and physical decline illustrated through the life of Gene Ashe. We meet the pathetic Gene after the death of his wife Maida and follow his path to hiis examination of his life and his relationships. It is a novel that is unr...

    Katharine Dion has written an extraordinary novel. While I think of myself as a 'fast' reader, I read The Dependents very slowly. For four reasons, probably: 1) because I found myself re-reading this book over and over again, sometimes whole sections, sometimes a paragraph or a sentenc...

    Beautiful writing in many ways, but read more like a short story to me rather than a satisfying novel. ...

    On Goodreads, this book was described as "lyrical," so that set me up to think I'd be reading a more rich and varied prose, but the novel wasn't actually lyrical. It was rather straight forward. It started out a bit slow, with Gene and his daughter preparing for the mother's memorial. ...

    "Marraige wasn't innoculation against conflict". Gene spent 49 years with Maida who suddenly dies. Ed and Gayle Donnelly have been their best friends since their college years and their close friendship endured. Dary, Gene's only child grew up very close to the Donnellys and their boys...

    Dion's prose reads like a candidate's submission for a doctorate in psychology whose topic is "long-term marriages, compare and contrast 50 years of spousal relationships." She tries to get into the head of someone old enough to be her parent, possibly even older, while attempting to ...

    This book started out S L O W?.to the point where I found myself rushing to get past the paragraphs that droned on and on. The writing was beautifully descriptive and even lyrical, but I couldn?t help but be?.bored. (*yawn*) As the story progressed, there were moments when I g...

    The Dependents I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Gene?s wife Maida has died suddenly after they were married for 49 years. They had one daughter, Dary, who is not very close to her Dad. Dary has a 10 year old daughter who was conceived via a sp...

  • Claire Barfell
    Jul 16, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

  • Braden Hepner
    Aug 22, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

  • Sherrie Howey
    Jul 07, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

    This novel is the relentless narrative of the pathos of aging and physical decline illustrated through the life of Gene Ashe. We meet the pathetic Gene after the death of his wife Maida and follow his path to hiis examination of his life and his relationships. It is a novel that is unr...

    Katharine Dion has written an extraordinary novel. While I think of myself as a 'fast' reader, I read The Dependents very slowly. For four reasons, probably: 1) because I found myself re-reading this book over and over again, sometimes whole sections, sometimes a paragraph or a sentenc...

    Beautiful writing in many ways, but read more like a short story to me rather than a satisfying novel. ...

    On Goodreads, this book was described as "lyrical," so that set me up to think I'd be reading a more rich and varied prose, but the novel wasn't actually lyrical. It was rather straight forward. It started out a bit slow, with Gene and his daughter preparing for the mother's memorial. ...

    "Marraige wasn't innoculation against conflict". Gene spent 49 years with Maida who suddenly dies. Ed and Gayle Donnelly have been their best friends since their college years and their close friendship endured. Dary, Gene's only child grew up very close to the Donnellys and their boys...

    Dion's prose reads like a candidate's submission for a doctorate in psychology whose topic is "long-term marriages, compare and contrast 50 years of spousal relationships." She tries to get into the head of someone old enough to be her parent, possibly even older, while attempting to ...

    This book started out S L O W?.to the point where I found myself rushing to get past the paragraphs that droned on and on. The writing was beautifully descriptive and even lyrical, but I couldn?t help but be?.bored. (*yawn*) As the story progressed, there were moments when I g...

    The Dependents I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Gene?s wife Maida has died suddenly after they were married for 49 years. They had one daughter, Dary, who is not very close to her Dad. Dary has a 10 year old daughter who was conceived via a sp...

    This was a fast and easy read. It was an interesting perspective for me, seeing so easily how someone can filter every detail so strongly into their own narrative of their life, and how easily that can come into question. This seems pretty universal but it was kind of a reminder to me ...

    At the start of the book, Gene has unexpectedly lost his wife, Maida, after 49 years of marriage. He is immersed in grief and his only daughter, Dary and his close friends , Ed and Gayle are trying to help him get through this difficult time. The book goes back and forth between the pr...

  • Jennie Rosenblum
    Apr 22, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

  • Alison Smith
    Nov 05, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

    This novel is the relentless narrative of the pathos of aging and physical decline illustrated through the life of Gene Ashe. We meet the pathetic Gene after the death of his wife Maida and follow his path to hiis examination of his life and his relationships. It is a novel that is unr...

    Katharine Dion has written an extraordinary novel. While I think of myself as a 'fast' reader, I read The Dependents very slowly. For four reasons, probably: 1) because I found myself re-reading this book over and over again, sometimes whole sections, sometimes a paragraph or a sentenc...

    Beautiful writing in many ways, but read more like a short story to me rather than a satisfying novel. ...

    On Goodreads, this book was described as "lyrical," so that set me up to think I'd be reading a more rich and varied prose, but the novel wasn't actually lyrical. It was rather straight forward. It started out a bit slow, with Gene and his daughter preparing for the mother's memorial. ...

    "Marraige wasn't innoculation against conflict". Gene spent 49 years with Maida who suddenly dies. Ed and Gayle Donnelly have been their best friends since their college years and their close friendship endured. Dary, Gene's only child grew up very close to the Donnellys and their boys...

    Dion's prose reads like a candidate's submission for a doctorate in psychology whose topic is "long-term marriages, compare and contrast 50 years of spousal relationships." She tries to get into the head of someone old enough to be her parent, possibly even older, while attempting to ...

    This book started out S L O W?.to the point where I found myself rushing to get past the paragraphs that droned on and on. The writing was beautifully descriptive and even lyrical, but I couldn?t help but be?.bored. (*yawn*) As the story progressed, there were moments when I g...

  • Kate
    Jun 03, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

  • Renee Poust
    Oct 02, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

  • Nancy
    May 03, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

  • Nancy
    May 09, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

  • Kayo
    Jul 04, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

  • Marjorie
    May 29, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

  • Dorothy
    Sep 12, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

    This novel is the relentless narrative of the pathos of aging and physical decline illustrated through the life of Gene Ashe. We meet the pathetic Gene after the death of his wife Maida and follow his path to hiis examination of his life and his relationships. It is a novel that is unr...

    Katharine Dion has written an extraordinary novel. While I think of myself as a 'fast' reader, I read The Dependents very slowly. For four reasons, probably: 1) because I found myself re-reading this book over and over again, sometimes whole sections, sometimes a paragraph or a sentenc...

    Beautiful writing in many ways, but read more like a short story to me rather than a satisfying novel. ...

    On Goodreads, this book was described as "lyrical," so that set me up to think I'd be reading a more rich and varied prose, but the novel wasn't actually lyrical. It was rather straight forward. It started out a bit slow, with Gene and his daughter preparing for the mother's memorial. ...

    "Marraige wasn't innoculation against conflict". Gene spent 49 years with Maida who suddenly dies. Ed and Gayle Donnelly have been their best friends since their college years and their close friendship endured. Dary, Gene's only child grew up very close to the Donnellys and their boys...

    Dion's prose reads like a candidate's submission for a doctorate in psychology whose topic is "long-term marriages, compare and contrast 50 years of spousal relationships." She tries to get into the head of someone old enough to be her parent, possibly even older, while attempting to ...

  • Donna Hines
    Jul 05, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

  • Natalie
    Apr 05, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

    This novel is the relentless narrative of the pathos of aging and physical decline illustrated through the life of Gene Ashe. We meet the pathetic Gene after the death of his wife Maida and follow his path to hiis examination of his life and his relationships. It is a novel that is unr...

  • Heather Warner
    Jul 14, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

  • Sharon Velez Diodonet
    Jul 04, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

    This novel is the relentless narrative of the pathos of aging and physical decline illustrated through the life of Gene Ashe. We meet the pathetic Gene after the death of his wife Maida and follow his path to hiis examination of his life and his relationships. It is a novel that is unr...

    Katharine Dion has written an extraordinary novel. While I think of myself as a 'fast' reader, I read The Dependents very slowly. For four reasons, probably: 1) because I found myself re-reading this book over and over again, sometimes whole sections, sometimes a paragraph or a sentenc...

    Beautiful writing in many ways, but read more like a short story to me rather than a satisfying novel. ...

    On Goodreads, this book was described as "lyrical," so that set me up to think I'd be reading a more rich and varied prose, but the novel wasn't actually lyrical. It was rather straight forward. It started out a bit slow, with Gene and his daughter preparing for the mother's memorial. ...

    "Marraige wasn't innoculation against conflict". Gene spent 49 years with Maida who suddenly dies. Ed and Gayle Donnelly have been their best friends since their college years and their close friendship endured. Dary, Gene's only child grew up very close to the Donnellys and their boys...

  • Bill Rehm
    Jul 11, 2018

    Gene and Maida Ash were married for 49 years. Gene loved his wife very much, even if he didn't necessarily know how best to show it. But he enjoyed their life together, even if he felt that there were times where Maida didn't express herself fully or let him know how she was feeling?...

    From the very first paragraph, debut author Katharine Dion, drew me in.... ?Gene?s interest in other people lay primarily in the mystery of their happiness. Happy children, happy parents tending happy children and small animals ?had they always been such evangelists of joy? He...

    Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle?s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He ha...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary. ...

    I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful. The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's dea...

    Something was keeping me from writing a review of The Dependents by Katharine Dion. I loved the book. I found it thoughtful and moving and surprising, and somber and soulful. Why was I wordless? It came to me that I identified too much with Gene, the protagonist, a recent widower wh...

    This is a book to slow down and relish. Which I did and as I slowed down I enjoyed it even more. The main character, Gene, a recent widower explores his life from a different perspective after the unexpected death of his wife of 49 years. The author uses lyrical phrase to help describe...

    I don't know how this book ended up on my radar-- I got it from the waiting list at our Library. The characters are colorless; they have no depth. I couldn't understand why the "friends" were ever friends in the first place or why they stayed friends. In fact, the main character is so ...

    "What was love without the whole person behind it." Was the sole purpose to simply find someone else and not be lonely ? "But major regret is the most useful form of memory." We all want to feel love and be loved but sometimes we imagine it one way and in reality are served up som...

    I discovered this novel because it was featured as a book of the week in People magazine. What a surprise that they would feature a story about an older person, in this case a widower in his seventies who begins to have doubts about the truth of his marriage. Since I seek out novels ab...

    I was a bit torn between whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars, I settled on three. The book itself is engaging: Gene, a widower who has recently lost his wife of a lifetime, has to deal with the struggles of her death, his obstinate daughter, and his former playboy friend and his wife...

    My actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This book is a story of Gene and his thoughts/feelings/interactions after his wife Maida passes away. It is beautifully written but definitely a story told through Gene?s memories and perceptions of his wife, daughter, and close friends.....the st...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida?s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.' The lingering question is, what didn?t he know? After Gene?s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications fro...

    Well, before this book I never thought I?d want a widower to fall into frozen lake at the end just because I was bored with him. This book isn?t terrible, I assume it?s just not for me?it?s quiet and slow and didn?t match up with my expectations. Based on the description I ...

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is a very philosophical book. The author examines grief and relationships. When Gene's wife Maida dies, he is very sad and tries to remember the good and bad in their relationship. His daughter's life is very different than what he wanted fo...

    Such a depressing novel. A man questions his relationships, with his deceased wife, his daughter, his best friend. What was real and what was contrived? I feel like I need some sunshine, a hug or a smile to get me out of the funk I feel after finishing this book. ...

    After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to pick it up. Boy, I'm glad I gave to a chance. While I feel young at heart, I know I'm getting up there in years. I think most people don't feel their age. That's why I'm so glad that the main characters were up in age. Everybody isn't 20, th...

    The main character was not very likable. Nor did I care one way or the other for his situation. The supporting characters were better all around. ...

    A subtle rumination on the complexity, versatility, and resilience of the human heart. With a studied approach, this novel explores the heart?s fidelity and the power of death and love. Well done. ?He lay down on the ice with the polished moon of the lake floating all around hi...

    This novel is the relentless narrative of the pathos of aging and physical decline illustrated through the life of Gene Ashe. We meet the pathetic Gene after the death of his wife Maida and follow his path to hiis examination of his life and his relationships. It is a novel that is unr...

    Katharine Dion has written an extraordinary novel. While I think of myself as a 'fast' reader, I read The Dependents very slowly. For four reasons, probably: 1) because I found myself re-reading this book over and over again, sometimes whole sections, sometimes a paragraph or a sentenc...