The Arrivals is Meg Mitchell Moore's debut novel.
Ginny and William Owens are happily retired. They've raised three children and are now enjoying puttering, gardening, time with each other and....the quiet.
"In the moment, you were often too tired to enjoy watching your children turn into people. It was such a busy time, so demanding. There was always somebody with a science project due the next day, always a lesson or a practice to get to, always a meal to cook or a stray mitten to find. And then suddenly everyone had cleared out, flung themselves out into the big world, two of them to New York City, Lillian to Massachusetts, calling, sure, e-mailing often, even visiting, but they were gone, truly gone, replaced by the silence - beautiful and blessed, of course, but still, sometimes, she had to admit, strange and unnatural."
And that quiet lasts until their daughter Lillian arrives with her 3 year old and newborn. Her marriage is in trouble and home is the first place she heads. Son Stephen comes to visit with his pregnant wife Jane. The house is getting a little fuller and a lot noisier.....and finally, the youngest, Rachel, arrives home as well. Single life in New York City has taken it toll and she too heads home to recharge her batteries.
Moore has perfectly captured the emotions, tensions, love, headaches and joy of a family reunited under one roof as adults. (with a few additions) Moore's characters are all incredibly well portrayed. I found myself reacting strongly to a number of them. And that's the mark of a good writer - when you respond to fictional characters and are drawn into their world. While The Arrivals is the tale of the Owens family, the focus is on mothers and mothers-to-be at varying stages of their lives. With the empty nest looming in my near future, I enjoyed Moore's exploration of family dynamics.
"While they talked, Ginny looked out at the lake and let her thoughts float and settle, trying to put her finger on what it was she was feeling, where this sense of peace and fulfillment was coming from. And while she couldn't articulate it exactly, she thought that probably the presence of all of the people in her house - all these different creatures, with their hungers and their desires and their moods and their love - was allowing her to feel necessary, to feel loved and embraced again, in a way that she hadn't realized she'd stopped feeling. Hadn't realized she'd been missing."
The Arrivals marks the arrival of a strong new voice in women's fiction - I look forward to future offerings from Meg Mitchell Moore. Book clubs would enjoy the varying themes presented in this novel - a reading group guide is available.
You can find Meg on Twitter and Facebook.
And thanks to the generosity of The Hachette Book Group, I have two copies of The Arrivals to giveaway. Simply comment to be entered. Open to US and Canada, no PO boxes please. One winner per household. Ends Sat. June 18th at 6 pm EST. Good luck and check the sidebar for ongoing giveaways.
Wow, ok, this is sort of like hitting me from both sides....feeling like the one who flew the nest but recently really get in closer physical contact my parents, again, but also watching my little guy growing up rapidly. This looks excellent, though, possibly a tearjerker?! ;O)
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Indeed this sounds like a strong voice in women's fiction. Great, timely plot for today's world. Thanks for the giveaway.
This sounds great. I am a new empty nester. Is it horrible to say that after a year, I am finally enjoying it?? (That first year was NOT fun tho!!)
I'm also facing an empty nest son as my daughter gets ready to graduate and go away for university, so the topic for this book is timely. Please enter me into the giveaway for this book. I'd really like to read it. Thanks.
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This beautiful book sounds typical of what is occurring in our world at this time. Thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com
The characters and story sound compelling. Interesting and appealing giveaway. thanks. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com
This hits close to home so I'd like to read it!
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I think this one sounds great, please enter me.
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I love great characters so this book sounds like one I'd like. No need to enter me.
I enjoyed your review and would love to read The Arrivals :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
This sounds like such a great book and I would love to read it!
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Well, I have had the empty nest syndrome but never the bird returning to the nest. I would to read this book.
Sounds good! I will buy it if I don't win it! I won a copy of Born Under a Lucky Moon and am nearly done reading it. Enjoying the book so much. I am a Yooper and have been to many of the places in the book. Also laughing outloud! Thanks!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for hosting me here, and for the thoughtful review. Hello to all of your blog readers!
I would love to read this book.
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I would be hiding in a corner from all the stress if this was me.
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I'm just a couple of years away from my boys leaving the nest. I was a return-to-the-nester once myself.
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I have kids that have flown the nest and come back and kids who are not quite old enough to leave yet, so I've got the whole spectrum covered! I would love to read this book:)
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This book looks amazing, I would love to read it! Thank you for the chance at winning a copy :)
This is a book I would like to read.
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Sounds like a fascinating storyline. Thanks for the giveaway.
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This sounds like such a great book. Pick me, pick me please! ;) Thank you so much for this giveaway.
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I'm always on the lookout for new authors -- or new to me authors!
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This seems really interesting. It also has positive feedbacks in amazon. I'd really love to read it. Please add me to the list. Thanks!:)
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This seems like it would be an excellent read.
Please include me in the giveaway.
This looks like a great summer read!
i enjoyed reading your review and this seems like it would be a great read
I would love to read this book. I'm a fairly new empty nester, hoping this doesn't happen to me!
WOULD LOVE TO WIN!
I have this on my must-read list! Great giveaway :)
Thanks for the giveaway!
I would love to win this book!
I would love to read this book.
i'm totally taken with this novel - frm cover to storyline! thx for this opp to win ~ frm another mom!
Thank you so much for the giveaway!
Count me in, please!
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This sounds like such a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!
great summer reading, thanks
This sounds like a book I'd really like to read. Thanks for the info and chance to win!
This sounds like a great book that I would love to read while curled up beside the pool.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com
I can view this from both sides. I'm very relieved my son isn't at home; yet I'm not so far removed from when I had to live at home that I don't recall it. (and would NEVER want to repeat it!)
I'd love an opportunity to win this book; thank you so much.
Sounds like a very interesting book
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I can relate to this story and would love to win a copy of the book.
I'd like to read this book.
This book sounds very good. Would love to read this one!
I would like to read this. My adult son recently moved back home and his 8 month old son is often here too.
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Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win it.
Would love to win this <3
This sounds like a great book about family coming together. Can't wait to read!
Ooh, I love this type of story especially when the author can "draw you into their world". Sounds wonderful.
This sounds like a very real, human story. Poor Ginny and William, I hope it all works out for the Owens!
Thank you for another great giveaway!
I've seen this book mentioned on several websites - it sounds like a possible true-to-like situation. I would really like to read this.
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This looks like a great read!
This sounds like a wonderful book, would love the chance to read it.
I'm seeing this one everywhere! Please count me in. Thank you!
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Am absolutely interested in this book!!!
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I would like to read this book!
i hope i win
Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
It sounds like an interesting book. I sould love to read it. Thanks. email@example.com
This sounds like a brilliant summer read, I would love to have a go at it and then pass it on to my mom who would love it as well I am sure!
This sounds like a really good book.
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I have had this on my summer reading list since I read the first blog review of it months ago. I would love to win a copy to read at the beach this summer.
I follow via google and am in the empty nest stage now.
I am trying to figure out how to parent an "adult" Would be nice to have a fictional account of those farther out.
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This sounds like a great book! Count me in!
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This would be great
I enjoy reading a story that relates
to women's feeling and emotions.We
all put a lot of energy into our children and then they are gone one
day.I can relate to this author and would love to read her book.Thanks
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