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ISBN: 1935536125
Author: Eileen Pollack
Language: English
Publisher: Four Way Books; Original edition (January 10, 2012)
Pages: 384
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 533
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Eileen Pollack’s new novel, Breaking and Entering, takes place in rural Michigan in 1995 - the epicenter and high point of the militia movement, before increased scrutiny and revulsion at the Oklahoma City bombing put some militia groups out of business and sent others.

Eileen Pollack’s new novel, Breaking and Entering, takes place in rural Michigan in 1995 - the epicenter and high point of the militia movement, before increased scrutiny and revulsion at the Oklahoma City bombing put some militia groups out of business and sent others underground. Though not a militiaman, the bomber Timothy McVeigh attended their meetings and spent time on a Michigan farm with his fellow conspirator Terry Nichols. The Oklahoma City attack comes about a third of the way through Pollack’s book, a real-world event that informs and shadows the fictional ones.

Eileen Pollack is a writer whose novel Breaking and Entering, about the deep divisions between blue .

Breaking and Entering book. They're just, I don't know, the Tupperware of the soul. Eileen Pollack, Breaking and Entering: A Novel. I really wanted to like this way more then I did. While not bad, did not love this one.

Breaking and Entering. When a massive explosion destroys an American office building and images of innocent civilians dead or maimed hit the news channels, accusations and conspiracy theories-about Arabs, Jews, Christians, the FBI, the government-start flying. Breaking and Entering depicts an America divided by religion, sexuality, and fear, its coasts and heartlands talking at, not to, each other. Eileen Pollack takes on the taboos and mores of Middle America-religious, ethnic, sexual, political-with boldness, wit and ultimately a surprising and serious sympathy.

When a massive explosion destroys an American office building and images of innocent civilians dead or maimed hit the news channels, accusations and conspiracy theories-about Arabs, Jews, Christians, the FBI, the government-start flying. Set against the backdrop of a divided America, Breaking and Entering by Eileen Pollack is a novel laced with compassion, humor and wisdom about the ambiguities of modern life. Lynn Schnurnberger, More Magazine.

In her latest novel, Eileen Pollack has crafted a tender exploration of family love that is as smart . Breaking and Entering: A Novel.

In her latest novel, Eileen Pollack has crafted a tender exploration of family love that is as smart and thought-provoking as it is moving. Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You). Jane’s challenge is deeply universal: how to find the courage and sheer will it takes to grasp the keenly precious moments of life even as they tremble and threaten to shake us apart. Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife).

Автор: Pollack Eileen Название: Breaking and Entering Издательство: Marston Book . A Perfect Life is a novel of scientific and self discovery, about learning how to embrace life and love, no matter what may come.

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Breaking and Entering, written by Eileen Pollack ( an American talent, Stephen King), is a timely, gripping new novel .

Breaking and Entering, written by Eileen Pollack ( an American talent, Stephen King), is a timely, gripping new novel about the deep divisions in America today.

Set against the tragic events of the Oklahoma City bombings, Breaking and Entering follows Christian/Jewish couple Louise and Richard Shapiro as they move from California to rural Michigan with their daughter Molly in an attempt to save their marriage. They find their core beliefs about life and love tested as school counselor Louise’s students blame Satan for their homosexuality while Richard’s new buddies gather arms to defend themselves against enemies at home and abroad. Pollack’s America is divided and splintered, yet she writes with hope and humor…Breaking and Entering challenges the stereotypes we hold about our fellow Americans, reminding us of the unexpected bonds that can form across the divide between so-called Red and Blue states.

Comments:

Vushura
My book club made this book a recent selection, and we ended up very divided. One of our most typically-critical readers rated it highly because she found the characters so believable. But I, who tend to like most books, gave it one of the lowest ratings in our group.

I liked the writing and the way the author crafted the story. She clearly has a gift with words. In the end, however, there was a paucity of likable characters--and those are critical for me to really get into a book. I want to care about what happens to the people in it. The most sympathetic characters, in the end, are the ones that seemed least worthy in the beginning of the story. Maybe that's the gift of Pollack's writing and I'm not appreciating that sufficiently.

I do recommend this book as an eye-opening if chilling insight into the kind of people drawn to militia movements. The "bad guys" are not cartoon villains.
Cordann
Engrossing, insightful novel. The characters rang true and the plot was so interesting. The novel is set in rural Michigan in the time of the Oklahoma City bombing: a young family transplanted from San Francisco tries to adjust to small-town life and to a different set of values. Ms. Pollack uses evocative prose for the physical setting and the characters' inner lives.
Painwind
This book is thought-provoking, compelling, insightful, funny, suspenseful, romantic, more than anyone could wish for in a novel. The topics are broad, and the author covers them even-handedly. Nothing is as it seems: each of us is capable of the travesties we accuse so readily in others. And yet there is hope. Highly recommended.
MeGa_NunC
Because of Richard's depression, he and Louise--along with their six-year-old highly precocious daughter, Molly--leave the home they love in northern California for a new beginning in a Victorian house badly in need of a facelift in what turns out to be a Michigan town filled with people who do not share the couple's values. It only took me a few pages into this thick book--25 pages shy of 400--to become very annoyed with this writer. In order to provide the reader with point-of-view (POV)--something current writers do a lot with and that is good--the writer provides what observations and thoughts the character has while describing actions undertaken. But Eileen Pollack, in my opinion, overdoes it to the point that it becomes so annoying.

Because I like the concept of the novel--a town in which the locals have formed a militia because of their "Tea Party"-type paranoia--the novel is set in 1995 well before the Tea Party--I kept going as we see the marriage falling apart and Louise falling for the sexy Unitarian minister whose Jewish wife is just a little too far into kosher this and that stuff.

But I did so by having another great novel to go to when I couldn't take any more of this novel--and I highly recommend to you David Vann's "Caribou Island."

Much of the dialogue given to Molly is so adult. She may be the most precocious child in the state of Michigan, but six-year-olds don't talk as if they have majored in English!

And the author doesn't know much about how public schools operate either. I know because I taught in them for decades. You need to write about what you really know. Ms. Pollack doesn't realize that the special education personnel she describes just don't exist--except in the writer's imagination apparently.

Lots of flaws in this novel.
Silverbrew
Eileen Pollack's BREAKING AND ENTERING explores what it means to live among people whose differences seem like barriers to understanding. Louise and Richard Shapiro are happy living in San Francisco until tragic circumstances destroy their illusions. Shattered by a patient's suicide, Richard decides to take a job as a psychologist at a prison in central Michigan, and Louise reluctantly goes along with the move. She hopes to salvage the remains of their disintegrating marriage and find a safe place to raise their 6-year-old daughter, Molly. What they find in Michigan, however, are people whose attitudes and values are completely different from their own. Their neighbors are members of the same militia group that spawned Timothy McVeigh, the local church is passing out grotesque flyers against abortion, the school principal is homophobic, and both racism and anti-Semitism are preached on the local radio station. This is not an easy environment for a liberal Jew and his agnostic wife.

BREAKING AND ENTERING is set in 1995, around the same time McVeigh and his cohorts bomb the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. Pollack's crisply written story is told from multiple perspectives, giving us insight into how her many characters see the world around them, but also leaving us a little lost in trying to figure out whom to trust. That, of course, is the point. It's not easy to figure out whom to trust in this world or ours. Do we judge people by the company they keep, by the books they read, by the WWJD bracelets they wear, by how tolerant they are (or aren't) of people who believe different things? Are the people the Shapiros meet dangerous . . . or just different? Can you always tell when someone is a monster, or can banality be deceiving?

The story itself is really a "fish out of water" tale. Richard, the only Jew among his new neighbors and co-workers, finds himself drawn to their world of guns and survivalist rhetoric, as if the raw manliness of such things makes him feel more in control of the uncontrollable. Louise, who finds a temporary job as a school counselor, is shocked to learn that three of the five biology teachers are teaching their students creationism. She is both repulsed and frightened by the guns, the evangelical proselytizing, and the anti-government propaganda. As if in reaction, she finds herself fantasizing about the charismatic Unitarian minister she meets in McDonalds.

Near the end of the novel, Louise says, "In many ways it's worse not to know whether the dangers you face are justified or imagined. Mutual paranoia can be the deadliest risk of all." This is a novel about the risks we all take as we live our lives. The conservative Christian world of central Michigan is certainly a far cry from the liberalism of California. What Louise learns by the end of the novel is that it's our assumptions that prevent us from seeing people as they truly are. Was Timothy McVeigh a murderer because he was a believer in militias and constitutional conservatism? Or is it possible to hold those views and still be against the murder of children?

Overall, this is a compelling and thoughtful novel. Pollack writes in present tense, which can be a bit off-putting (this is a very popular style these days, so you may not find it as artificial as I do). The novel does feel a bit long, and sometimes I did wonder how so many bad things could happen to these two people. But the ending worked for me, and I like Pollack's message about not judging a book by its cover. It's certainly a lesson worth learning.

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