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  1. Nenette Nenette says:

    The story is about Maggie who suffered a bout of depression on the way from London to New York She was with her friend Cissie In New York , Maggie got lost and got rescued in a bar by Michael, a man that was described as being a magnet of quite insane people While with Michael, Maggie miscarried she was 5 months pregnant Michael brought her to the hospital and informed her friends of her whereabouts he thought Maggie s name was Helena Cassidy this is the name Maggie gave to her afte The story is about Maggie who suffered a bout of depression on the way from London to New York She was with her friend Cissie In New York , Maggie got lost and got rescued in a bar by Michael, a man that was described as being a magnet of quite insane people While with Michael, Maggie miscarried she was 5 months pregnant Michael brought her to the hospital and informed her friends of her whereabouts he thought Maggie s name was Helena Cassidy this is the name Maggie gave to her after all and he also found a letter addressed to the same name in the pocket of her coat Luke was the one who answered Michael s call, and being informed that Helena was in the hospital because she miscarried totally blew him out Luke is Helena s husband and at the time of the call, Helena was supposed to be performing on stage in BroadwayThe story getscomplicated from there, or at least the way it was told made itcomplicated, when the plot for me was really very simple Julia Walters prose is remarkable, that I can say she was very descriptive of even the tiniest drop of blood However, I don t think she put this talent into very good use as I failed to appreciate the characters whose livs were told on the present tense, with almost no reference to a history that will shedlight and make the reader understand or even empathize with the characters Throughout the book, characters were introduced with no background, reference, or relationships whatsoever I don t know in what chapter I realized that Luke and Helena were married They seem to have marital problems, as evidenced by the very violent lovemaking, but nothing said between the time they supposedly met first meeting was mentioned only in passing and the present time what happened between them that led to this state in their relationship I also never understood the relationship between Maggie and Cissie, between Maggie and Luke and Helena are they just friends Cissie is a lesbian who has Jennifer for a partner, and her being a lesbian is supposed to be a secret, and the reader will only know about this because the press in London leaked such a story until this time in the story, I did not know that Cissie was a celebrity Most importantly, nothing was explained why Maggie suffered a breakdown after all It seems a given that she has an unstable mind, but as to why, the reader is left in the dark Probably, it was only Michael that got the most backgrounder but even that was not enough in my opinion as all I know is that he is estranged from her wife Elizabeth, and that they had a son Dominic who died at a very young age so what Any story, any presentation, should have a backgrounder of sort this is what this novel is lacking The reading guide at the end of the book mentioned something about this kind of presentation well, it s probably an effective method when doing a film, but it will definitely fail in a book Another point in the reading guide is a question on whether Julie Walters background is a factor for the reader in choosing to read this book Honestly it was for me, and I regretted that decision even though it was on sale I hope to not make the same mistake in the coming election


  2. Joanna Fulton Joanna Fulton says:

    Trying to pack as many adjectives as possible into a sentence doesn t make for good reading I couldn t even get past the first few chapters it annoyed me so much.


  3. Sheila Gumbrell Sheila Gumbrell says:

    Love Julie Walters, but struggled to make sense of this book It was a struggle to make myself finish it


  4. JohBinks JohBinks says:

    Terrible Avoid Avoid Avoid.


  5. Margaret Margaret says:

    Just couldn t get into the book, gave up very early


  6. J Willoughby J Willoughby says:

    I thought this would be an enjoyable read but quite frankly I struggled with this book I love Julie Walter s but I m not sure I would read another of her books.


  7. Debbie Debbie says:

    Unfortunately it was one of those books I didn t finish, like Julie Walters, but couldn t make a lot of sense out of this.


  8. Kate Copland Kate Copland says:

    I persevered with this book I will not be rereading it There are a couple of reviews on the back cover one from the Daily Mail A stunningly assured, delightful debut another, from the Guardian A disturbing and thought provoking novel about mental torment and the often blackly comic, mixed up ways we view ourselves ans misread each other.My only agreement with either of the reviews is that it is indeed, disturbing I could find nothing redeeming about any of the characters and it was a s I persevered with this book I will not be rereading it There are a couple of reviews on the back cover one from the Daily Mail A stunningly assured, delightful debut another, from the Guardian A disturbing and thought provoking novel about mental torment and the often blackly comic, mixed up ways we view ourselves ans misread each other.My only agreement with either of the reviews is that it is indeed, disturbing I could find nothing redeeming about any of the characters and it was a slog to read I felt Ms Walters tried far too hard with totally unnecessary descriptive passages which did nothing for the story but made me feel a little uncomfortable about the author herself


  9. Liz Chapman Liz Chapman says:

    I struggled to give this book even one star I think Julie Walters is a fabulous actress and should stick to that She is not an author The book did not have a comprehensive story line , the characters only half formed and a lot of the back ground story was missing The book was written from Julie s head and not looked at from an outsiders point of view A good book reads like a film in your head even if it is a classic or complicated plot There was a good story there but it was hidden and a I struggled to give this book even one star I think Julie Walters is a fabulous actress and should stick to that She is not an author The book did not have a comprehensive story line , the characters only half formed and a lot of the back ground story was missing The book was written from Julie s head and not looked at from an outsiders point of view A good book reads like a film in your head even if it is a classic or complicated plot There was a good story there but it was hidden and a good writer would have made it come alive What was Maggie s Tree


  10. Catherine Catherine says:

    This was a quick read It moved at a rapid pace and jumped from one person s point of view to another s The story of British friends who are in New York One of them has significant mental illness and the others aren t too healthy either Reviewers ondidn t like the fast moving pace or the jumping story without a significant ending but I thought it helped the reader to have some insight into the way life was for the characters.


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Maggie's Tree ✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ Maggie's Tree By Julie Walters ✼ – Thomashillier.co.uk It was supposed to be a lovely break As their mutual friend Helena is the toast of Broadway, stand up comedian Cissie O Brien, who is the nation s darling with her popular television series, decides t It was supposed to be a lovely break As their mutual friend Helena is the toast of Broadway, stand up comedian Cissie O Brien, who is the nation s darling with her popular television series, decides to take the beautiful and troubled actress Maggie Salt to New York to see her But Maggie, a destructive whirlpool of a personality, is cracking up fast and on arrival she suddenly disappears into the freezing February night As the search for their friend continues, dangerous cracks occur in the lifelong relationships of Cissie, Helena, and her stoic husband Mark Helena has always been utterly self centered and now Cissie, haunted by the outing of her relationship with her lover Jenny back home, disappears as well Now, two friends are lost separately somewhere in snowbound Manhattan.