Picturing Will




      Picturing Will
Picturing Will, the widely acclaimed novel by Ann Beattie, unravels the complexities of a postmodern family There s Will, a curious five year old who listens to the heartbeat of a plant through his toy stethoscope Jody, his mother, a photographer poised on the threshold of celebrity Mel, Jody s perfect perhaps too perfect lover and Wayne, the rather who left Will without warning and now sees his infrequent visits as a crimp in his bedhopping Beattie shows us how these lives intersect, attract, and repel one another with dazzling shifts and moments of heartbreaking directness From the Trade Paperback edition. New Read Books Picturing Will by Ann Beattie – heartforum.co.uk

Ann Beattie born September 8, 1947 is an American short story writer and novelist She has received an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a PEN Bernard Malamud Award for excellence in the short story form Her work has been compared to that of Alice Adams, J.D Salinger, John Cheever, and John Updike She holds an undergraduate degree from American University and a masters degree from the University of Connecticut.

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  • Hardcover
  • 230 pages
  • Picturing Will
  • Ann Beattie
  • English
  • 21 May 2019
  • 0394569873

10 thoughts on “ Picturing Will

  1. mark monday says:

    Annie Beattie paints a pointillist portrait of the many lives connected, sometimes tangentially, to 5 year old Will mother, estranged father, new father, mother s friend, new father s friend, estranged father s new wife, and manyThe author has a lovely way with words, a dispassionate perspective on human foibles, and is disinterested in providing carefully mapped narratives I fell in love with her writing in college the subtlety of her characterization and her minor note, almost placid Annie Beattie paints a...

  2. Sara says:

    I m just a sucker for the world that Beattie creates I feel like she uses a filter that is common to my own experience Some of the criticisms in the negative reviews are actually the things I like most about her work The disturbing turn in the middle of the book Never res...

  3. Mindi says:

    was so not ready for the situation with Spencer Guess I should have been.

  4. Pam says:

    I hadn t read a book by Anne Beattie for many, many years I had forgotten how much I enjoy her writing.

  5. Charlotte says:

    My brother bought me this book, that takes place in Charlottesville, VA, soon after we moved here What I learned is that the spring ants are inevitable

  6. Tim Nason says:

    October 1999 Point of view in Ann Beattie s Picturing Will skips about like a hummingbird, stopping here for several pages or a chapter, flitting to someone else, dancing to a waitress in a restaurant, settling almost nowhere From the title, Igathered that Picturing Will would be about Will, but he is almost an incidental character throughout the novel The novel portrays a child s experience from the points of view of those around him, yet who consider Will to be inconsequential and October 1999 Point of view in Ann Beattie s Picturing Will skips about like a hummingbird, stopping here for several pages or a chapter, flitting to someone else, dancing to a waitress in a restaurant, settling almost nowhere From the title, I gathered that Picturing Will would be about Will, but he is almost an incidental character throughout...

  7. Carolyn says:

    I don t know why, I just can t seem to get engrossed in this woman s work I have tried so many times to immerse myself in Beattie s work I can t seem to These work are slow going Make sure you have an empty week before beginning her books Like Raymond Carver she is very truthful about real life, but unlike him some of her characters are just vessels of dust They are so void of character There is very little plot or action in most of her stuff Which can be okay if the characters make you I don t know why, I just can t seem to get engrossed in this woman s work I have tried so many times to immerse myself in Beattie s work I can t seem to These work are slow going Make sure you have an empty week before beginning her books Like Raymond Carver she is very truthful about real life, but unlike him some of her characters are just vessels of dust They are so void of character There is very little plot or action in most of her stuff Which can be okay if the characters make you love them, they don t Rather than love them I merely knew them like one does the lowly sad clerk at ones favorite 24 con...

  8. Michaele says:

    I did not like this book though I read it all the way through It was waaaay to disjointed for me.

  9. Mike Merrill says:

    Modern fiction about child in a split family situation Believable and good characters

  10. HeavyReader says:

    Who are these people What is the plot Why am I reading this book I wondered all of those things while reading Picturing Will.Ann Beattie s writing style is very nice which is why I m giving it two stars instead of just one While the reader doesn t have to work too hard to get through her sentences and paragraphs, the w...

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