Eight people One weekend Eight lives forever changed In the mid 1960s, at an elite college in the quaint town of Barrie Hill, Connecticut, a group of literary minded students met regularly off campus at the Vanessa Grand Hotel Often late into the night, they would discuss the day s news, analyze literature, philosophize, trade barbs, and socialize Twenty years after gEight people One weekend Eight lives forever changed In the mid 1960s, at an elite college in the quaint town of Barrie Hill, Connecticut, a group of literary minded students met regularly off campus at the Vanessa Grand Hotel Often late into the night, they would discuss the day s news, analyze literature, philosophize, trade barbs, and socialize Twenty years after graduation, in 1986, the group s founder, Clare Dreyser, organizes a weekend reunion Seven former Barrie Hillers and one guest get together, eager to re create an extraordinary time in their lives and reunite with old friends From the outset, and baffling the group, Leah Brent displays a brash, condescending attitude for nearly everyone and everything To the chagrin of actor Bart Younger, Leah immediately lays out the unwelcome mat for his wife, Aimee No one, not even Leah s husband, Colin, is immune to her wrath, but Leah is relentless in her bizarre and cruel quest to bring down her primary target Clare As the reunion progresses, the Barrie Hillers strive to enjoy their time together as they become enmeshed in personal dramas, struggle with matters of ethics, and weather escalating uncertainties that threaten to destroy their lives By Saturday night, the second day of the reunion, karma makes a surprising and shocking visit As the Barrie Hillers time together draws to an end, each is changed forever.
BARRIE HILL REUNION Eight people One weekend Eight lives forever changed In the mid s at an elite college in the quaint town of Barrie Hill Connecticut a group of literary minded students met regularly off campus
The sky is black with chickens coming home to roost in Lisette Brodey s novel of a weekend reunion of Connecticut students Buried jealousies and passions erupt, and tensions soon run high orchestrated by the embittered uber bitch Leah As relationship fault lines surface, it soon becomes apparent that nobody will emerge unscathed from the steady stream of home truths and unearthed secrets Ms Brodey s writing is light and frothy, like a well prepared cappuccino, and Barrie Hill Reunion is a book t [...]
Barrie Hill Reunion by Lisette BrodeySet in 1986 eight people get together for a weekend reunion Back in the 1960 s, in College in Connecticut, they used to meet at the Vanessa Grand Hotel They would gather for stimulating conversations and have a good time.Claire Dresyer decides to organize the reunion, get everyone together and have a good time But from the beginning Leah Brent is miserable and critical towards everyone and everything, Especially Claire She also takes an immediate dislike for [...]
Brodey s seventh novel is an ingenious, creative story that resonated with me on many levels Barrie Hill Reunion BHR is touted as a story about a college literacy group s reunion, an attempt to re create the friendship they d had together twenty years before This story is entertaining funny, aggravating, enlightening, and endearing More so for me, however, BHR is a psychologically rich story that so aptly depicts human nature the flaws, failings, fears, and for most of the characters, a deep sea [...]
Every reunion should be this wicked Lisette Brodey s novel about a reunion of literary students is a feast of words Clever wordplay abounds in BARRIE HILL REUNION, a tension filled story that does not let up until the very end The dialogue rich narrative drives the plot and exposes twenty years of secrets, passions, and lives gone awry Among the friends present, one in particular stands out Leah Brent, who lacks any self critical conscience bulldozes her way into conversations with an acid tongu [...]
BARRIE HILL REUNIONLISETTE BRODEYReviewed by Roy Murry, AuthorBrodey s instigating protagonist, Leah, captures most of the reunion s conversations with fellow literary students after being apart for twenty years For some reason, she is at odds with Clare, the organizer.Six of them meet in a well known hotel near the campus and where they gathered weekly while attending school Each had gone on to newsworthy endeavors when they parted an author, an actor, an editor, a publisher, a playwriter, and [...]
Loved this read Overall, from the beginning, I was drawn to the story right away And yes, I absolutely hated one of the characters, but her actions just made for a read that was that much filled with tension.There were scenes with all eight main characters and scenes with only a couple or a few The author did a great job in balancing out the story, adding layers each time Before I knew it, I found myself wondering what was going to happen here, then there, and the suspense just got greater as t [...]
Kudos to Ms Brodey for another wonderful read I especially loved the idea of the literary word games played by the Barrie Hillers in this reunion novel The book is filled with amazing characters most of whom are easy to love, but one in particular who was incredibly easy to hate When she who shall remain nameless for fear of a spoiler receives her comeuppance at the end of the story, it is both fitting and hilarious Ms Brodey s grasp of dialogue and detail are topnotch The pacing of the novel ke [...]
I really enjoyed this drama filled read After not having seen each other for many years, a group of university friends return to the scene of the crime the place they used to hang out together when they were young Over the years since they ve seen each other, their lives have gone in different directions some good and some not so good When they all get back together, there is much to catch up on, but also some very interesting secrets come to light I loved the character interaction and the fact [...]
A drama filled read set in 1986 Eight people come together for a reunion In 1960 they attended college together and formed a group which met at the Vanessa Grand Hotel They would gather to have simulating talks Clare Dresyer organized the reunion From the very start Leah Brent is miserable and she is being critical towards everyone Especially Claire She also immediately dislikes Aimee Bart Younger s wife Despite Leah s attitude they all try to catch up and reconnect with each other Soon secrets [...]
Most people read because they love a story that engages and moves them And simple as that is so much writing can be distancing or otherwise disengaged I am continually astonished at Lisette Brodeys ability to take stories about human beings, write them in accessible prose and then capture the reader All her books do this, which is why I so looked forward to this one The Barrie Hillers reunite after twenty odd years on a May weekend college friends who had formed a literary society in the sixties [...]
I love reunion stories and Barrie Hill Reunion is the best I ve read thus far The blurb clued me in to as to what I might expect, but it only skimmed the surface of what would take place I got a feel right off the bat for each of the eight characters As their journey to reconnect progressed, I saw them individually in a different light They re all incredibly bright people At the same time, their flaws came through loud and clear thanks to one particular character that I wanted to put in a headlo [...]
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