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
    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...

  • Alex Tilney
    Jul 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

    This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in ever...

    The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower?s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and...

    I won this book from Goodreads contest. I recommend this wonderful book be put on the top of your summer reading list. This is a big debut book from Katharine Dion and I will be watching for her next book. Gene lost his wife, Maida. quite suddenly. He is having trouble distinguish...

    I found this book to be gripping. Sometimes you just want a summer read that brings you out of your world and into someone else's - but it needs to be a world that feels real and layered. I have three kids and I CAN NOT WAIT to get in bed at the end of the day and sink into a novel. Th...

    The writing is incredible but not showy--every sentence serves to get us closer to Gene. Several times I was shocked that Dion nailed the thoughts I have when I'm trying to relate to people or trying to make sense of a memory. I finished the book in an airport, and when I put it down, ...

  • 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    "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...

  • Gina Baldyga
    Jul 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

    This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in ever...

    The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower?s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and...

    I won this book from Goodreads contest. I recommend this wonderful book be put on the top of your summer reading list. This is a big debut book from Katharine Dion and I will be watching for her next book. Gene lost his wife, Maida. quite suddenly. He is having trouble distinguish...

    I found this book to be gripping. Sometimes you just want a summer read that brings you out of your world and into someone else's - but it needs to be a world that feels real and layered. I have three kids and I CAN NOT WAIT to get in bed at the end of the day and sink into a novel. Th...

    The writing is incredible but not showy--every sentence serves to get us closer to Gene. Several times I was shocked that Dion nailed the thoughts I have when I'm trying to relate to people or trying to make sense of a memory. I finished the book in an airport, and when I put it down, ...

    This is a riveting, beautifully written novel about a long marriage. It unfurls fondly and hopefully through a grieving widower?s recollections and his encounters with revelations, distortions, gaps, and love. Dion shatters expectations. What seems ordinary is not. The story and pros...

    I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read The Dependents. Unfortunately, I haven't finished reading the book, as it didn't grab me initially. I may go back and give it another try. I felt that there just was not enough to get me into the story quickl...

    Very sad and depressing read. I had to skim over parts because this book was just not for me. Katharine Dion does a fine job capturing the emotions dealing with death, loss, grief and memories. I believe it was a good effort, but left the reader with some unanswered questions dealin...

    3.0 A little draggy for me; prefer more dialogue. Also, this book is not about finding the secrets this man's widow kept (as the jacket purports), but instead about his struggles with mourning her loss. This book felt aimless and slow, which resonated as appropriate for this man's jour...

  • Elizabeth Owens
    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Michael
    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

    This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in ever...

    The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower?s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and...

    I won this book from Goodreads contest. I recommend this wonderful book be put on the top of your summer reading list. This is a big debut book from Katharine Dion and I will be watching for her next book. Gene lost his wife, Maida. quite suddenly. He is having trouble distinguish...

    I found this book to be gripping. Sometimes you just want a summer read that brings you out of your world and into someone else's - but it needs to be a world that feels real and layered. I have three kids and I CAN NOT WAIT to get in bed at the end of the day and sink into a novel. Th...

    The writing is incredible but not showy--every sentence serves to get us closer to Gene. Several times I was shocked that Dion nailed the thoughts I have when I'm trying to relate to people or trying to make sense of a memory. I finished the book in an airport, and when I put it down, ...

    This is a riveting, beautifully written novel about a long marriage. It unfurls fondly and hopefully through a grieving widower?s recollections and his encounters with revelations, distortions, gaps, and love. Dion shatters expectations. What seems ordinary is not. The story and pros...

    I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read The Dependents. Unfortunately, I haven't finished reading the book, as it didn't grab me initially. I may go back and give it another try. I felt that there just was not enough to get me into the story quickl...

    Very sad and depressing read. I had to skim over parts because this book was just not for me. Katharine Dion does a fine job capturing the emotions dealing with death, loss, grief and memories. I believe it was a good effort, but left the reader with some unanswered questions dealin...

    3.0 A little draggy for me; prefer more dialogue. Also, this book is not about finding the secrets this man's widow kept (as the jacket purports), but instead about his struggles with mourning her loss. This book felt aimless and slow, which resonated as appropriate for this man's jour...

    Exceptional story! So well written and flows well. Such an interesting look at a family with "secrets". This story just pulls you into the family and their troubles. I highly recommend this book for an entertaining read. I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway. ...

  • Kathy
    Jun 19, 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

    This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in ever...

    The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower?s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and...

    I won this book from Goodreads contest. I recommend this wonderful book be put on the top of your summer reading list. This is a big debut book from Katharine Dion and I will be watching for her next book. Gene lost his wife, Maida. quite suddenly. He is having trouble distinguish...

    I found this book to be gripping. Sometimes you just want a summer read that brings you out of your world and into someone else's - but it needs to be a world that feels real and layered. I have three kids and I CAN NOT WAIT to get in bed at the end of the day and sink into a novel. Th...

    The writing is incredible but not showy--every sentence serves to get us closer to Gene. Several times I was shocked that Dion nailed the thoughts I have when I'm trying to relate to people or trying to make sense of a memory. I finished the book in an airport, and when I put it down, ...

    This is a riveting, beautifully written novel about a long marriage. It unfurls fondly and hopefully through a grieving widower?s recollections and his encounters with revelations, distortions, gaps, and love. Dion shatters expectations. What seems ordinary is not. The story and pros...

    I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read The Dependents. Unfortunately, I haven't finished reading the book, as it didn't grab me initially. I may go back and give it another try. I felt that there just was not enough to get me into the story quickl...

  • 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Irene
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

    This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in ever...

    The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower?s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and...

    I won this book from Goodreads contest. I recommend this wonderful book be put on the top of your summer reading list. This is a big debut book from Katharine Dion and I will be watching for her next book. Gene lost his wife, Maida. quite suddenly. He is having trouble distinguish...

    I found this book to be gripping. Sometimes you just want a summer read that brings you out of your world and into someone else's - but it needs to be a world that feels real and layered. I have three kids and I CAN NOT WAIT to get in bed at the end of the day and sink into a novel. Th...

    The writing is incredible but not showy--every sentence serves to get us closer to Gene. Several times I was shocked that Dion nailed the thoughts I have when I'm trying to relate to people or trying to make sense of a memory. I finished the book in an airport, and when I put it down, ...

    This is a riveting, beautifully written novel about a long marriage. It unfurls fondly and hopefully through a grieving widower?s recollections and his encounters with revelations, distortions, gaps, and love. Dion shatters expectations. What seems ordinary is not. The story and pros...

    I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read The Dependents. Unfortunately, I haven't finished reading the book, as it didn't grab me initially. I may go back and give it another try. I felt that there just was not enough to get me into the story quickl...

    Very sad and depressing read. I had to skim over parts because this book was just not for me. Katharine Dion does a fine job capturing the emotions dealing with death, loss, grief and memories. I believe it was a good effort, but left the reader with some unanswered questions dealin...

  • 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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    "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...

  • Barb Eck
    Jun 18, 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

    This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in ever...

    The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower?s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and...

    I won this book from Goodreads contest. I recommend this wonderful book be put on the top of your summer reading list. This is a big debut book from Katharine Dion and I will be watching for her next book. Gene lost his wife, Maida. quite suddenly. He is having trouble distinguish...

  • 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • BKing
    Jun 26, 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

    This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in ever...

    The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower?s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and...

  • Gina
    Jul 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

    This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in ever...

    The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower?s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and...

    I won this book from Goodreads contest. I recommend this wonderful book be put on the top of your summer reading list. This is a big debut book from Katharine Dion and I will be watching for her next book. Gene lost his wife, Maida. quite suddenly. He is having trouble distinguish...

    I found this book to be gripping. Sometimes you just want a summer read that brings you out of your world and into someone else's - but it needs to be a world that feels real and layered. I have three kids and I CAN NOT WAIT to get in bed at the end of the day and sink into a novel. Th...

    The writing is incredible but not showy--every sentence serves to get us closer to Gene. Several times I was shocked that Dion nailed the thoughts I have when I'm trying to relate to people or trying to make sense of a memory. I finished the book in an airport, and when I put it down, ...

    This is a riveting, beautifully written novel about a long marriage. It unfurls fondly and hopefully through a grieving widower?s recollections and his encounters with revelations, distortions, gaps, and love. Dion shatters expectations. What seems ordinary is not. The story and pros...

  • Marian
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

    This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in ever...

  • Sarah West
    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

    This book was a pleasure to read. Engaging, thought provoking, and lyrical. A novel where both the story and the writing are beautiful -- a treasure indeed. Sometimes I would re-read sections because of the remarkable words -- "the ocean reeled back, spinning, a membrane pulled in ever...

    The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower?s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and...

    I won this book from Goodreads contest. I recommend this wonderful book be put on the top of your summer reading list. This is a big debut book from Katharine Dion and I will be watching for her next book. Gene lost his wife, Maida. quite suddenly. He is having trouble distinguish...

    I found this book to be gripping. Sometimes you just want a summer read that brings you out of your world and into someone else's - but it needs to be a world that feels real and layered. I have three kids and I CAN NOT WAIT to get in bed at the end of the day and sink into a novel. Th...

  • Ron
    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Read it and loved it. Read it again and loved it every bit as much. A sympathetic and insightful look back at the life and marriage of Gene and Maida Ashe after Maida's unexpected death. The list of characters isn't long and they don't roam far from Colton NH, but Gene's reflection...

  • 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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...