A Replacement Life

9780062287878After I read A REPLACEMENT LIFE, I was high off of it, telling everyone I knew who I deemed to have good taste that it was a must. I read some really fabulous books this summer—funny to be writing about them in December, I know—and luckily Boris Fishman’s debut was one of the first. I was trying to decide if there was some pathological explanation for why it took me nearly six months to jot down my thoughts, but that’s not important, what is important, is how amazing this book is. While that’s an embarrassing understatement, it’s the most succinct way I can express how I feel about this book. It’s definitely one of those hug-worthy books*. You know, the type that expresses nearly everything you’ve ever thought? A friend whose opinion I hold in high esteem recently dove into the tale and described it as “particular” and I couldn’t believe that in all of my internal musings, I hadn’t thought of that. She noted that each grammatical placement, each word choice, was so carefully situated, and to appreciate those subtleties, you have to be of the discerning kind. A REPLACEMENT LIFEi s a novel for someone who appreciates the craft of writing, the texture and love of it. There are too many half-written and half-edited novels that are being churned out so constantly these days, and society just accepts that, which in effect, is applauding, mediocrity. So, to find one that sets itself apart, both stylistically and thematically, is a real treasure. Very rarely is there a symbiotic relationship between plot and prose that results in the reader getting exactly what they want. But alas, that is what you have with A REPLACEMENT LIFE.

*and saying that a book is “hug-worthy” is the biggest compliment I can give

44 thoughts on “A Replacement Life

  1. Jessica says:

    This is a great review on the book and style of writing but I still don’t know what the book is about – did I miss it? I’ve read the review 3x now… I’ll search it out at the library and see for myself! I’m looking forward to finishing 2 library books, then starting Mapmakers Children and am interested in the new Sara Gruen book. Unfamiliar with the other titles and authors but will research!

    • robinkall says:

      hi jessica…..you’ve got it exactly right. This is Emily’s review and her style..you can read a blurb on the book and you’ll know what it’s about. this is about how she feels about the book. Interesting, right? Let me know what you think. Boris’ book is outstanding.LOVED The Mapmaker’s Daughter. Read it months ago and it has stayed with me. And At The Water’s Edge -very exciting about a new book from Sara Gruen!! thanks for entering the contest..

      • Jessica says:

        Whew! I thought it was ME missing something in her review… I just googled it and will definitely put it on my endless list of books… I enjoy books that involve the Holocaust and have read many – I guess it started with the Diary of Anne Frank… Happy New Year!!

      • robinkall says:

        Em does the coolest book reviews ever. check out her site http://www.thehappening.co and you’ll see lots
        Let me know what you think of it. Yes, it all started with Anne Frank. Did you read Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller, Sarah McCoy’s The Baker’s Daughter and Jenna Blum’s Those Who Save Us? If not…more for your list! Happy New Year!

      • Jessica says:

        I just checked out the blog and subscribed to it! I like a lot of the blogs or “rants”… she’s your daughter, right? As for my book list, I just added the ones you recommended, I read the Bakers Daughter already, but also got my copy of goodreads this afternoon and that had already generated several additions to the list. So, have you seen Sarah’s Key, Boy in the Striped Pajamas, etc.? My friend just gave me “what for” for NOT telling her the ending of Boy in the Striped Pajamas!!! She said the ending killed her…

      • robinkall says:

        thanks for checking it out and subscribing! yes -she’s my girl!! Glad you have some new additions. I have not seen Sarah’s Key -loved the book. And no to the striped pjs…on the list….

  2. Kelly S says:

    Looking forward to reading “First Frost” Sarah Addison Allen and winning the lottery to buy ALL the ones I want to read! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  3. Dorothy N says:

    I love to read! I am so looking forward to SARA GRUEN’s new book, At the Water’s Edge! And Robin, I really enjoy your blogs ~ I always learn something new and they are fun!

    • robinkall says:

      Hi Dorothy! Yay for reading!! Love that Sara Gruen and everything she writes. Thanks so much -so glad you are enjoying the blogs! Tell all of your friends 🙂 Happy New Year! Robin

  4. Jennifer Huelsebusch says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Karen White and Beatriz William’s Spring releases as well as their compilation with Lauren Willig. I loved Grand Central and have enjoyed reading the “new to me” authors I discovered. Pam Jenoff is still on my list!

  5. SharonH says:

    This is wholly unfair to pick just one, I said before, there are so many! I really want to read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and from your stack (that I so much want to win 🙂 ) I want to read Sara Gruen! Thanks for another chance to win!

  6. Melissa Seng says:

    Wow, “A Replacement Life,” sounds pretty great, but the book I’m waiting for the most is Kristin Hannah’s new one, “The Nightingale.” Sara Gruen’s new one is at the tippy-top of my wish list as well.
    Oh, I owe you a photo still from the last books I won. I hope I’m still eligible for this giveaway!!
    Good luck to all and Happy New Year!

  7. loisaltermark says:

    You always have amazing recommendations! A Replacement Life sounds fantastic, and I’m dying to read all the books in your giveaway, especially Still Writing and the new Sara Gruen. Can I just spend a month reading?! xo

  8. Hailey Fish says:

    I’m looking forward to reading The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel and I know it will be just as great as The Sweetness of Forgetting!

  9. Debra Morgan says:

    A couple of years ago I read a book that I had no idea about, The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan. It was one of the best books I have read. It was such a pleasant surprise, it made me laugh, cry, be happy, be concerned. It was the first book I was able to read after having brain surgery. It had been tough to concentrate, so I was so happy when I could read and hold on to it in my head. So, I would be open to reading any of the books listed. Feed me please!! You never know when you will find a golden nugget.

    • robinkall says:

      Hi! I’ve heard from so many of Darcie’s fans. THanks for sharing that!I remember the first book I was able to read after an extended time of not being able to focus. Those books become even more memorable. Thanks for checking in and Happy New Year!! Robin

    • robinkall says:

      there are so many…and you have so many fabulous titles here!! we definitely like the same great books!! Ah…those acknowledgments in Saving Grace -how fabulous is that??

  10. Melissa A says:

    The Status of All Things by Liz and Lisa
    French Coast and Rome in Love by Anita Hughes
    Things You Won’t Say by Sarah Pekkanen
    Stacey Ballis’ new book
    Summer Secrets by Jane Green
    Jane Porter’s new book

    It’s an honor to be acknowledged along with you in Saving Grace. 🙂

  11. Amy Fendley says:

    I printed off the 2015 reading challenge list. It includes 52+ books to read. No specific book, the list includes some of the following: a book with more than 500 pages, a book with a number in the title, a mystery or thriller, a nonfiction book, a book from your childhood, a book you can finish in a day and so many more. It looks interesting to try and find all of these books to read.

  12. Allison Armstrong says:

    I am looking to read more books like you have been describing. I just realized I have been reading some ho hum books. I want to read something I just love and can be absorbed in. In particular I am waiting to read Sara Gruen’s new book and MJ Rose’s new book and Karen White’s new book.

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