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THE VIOLET HOUR BY KATHERINE HILL

May 15, 2014

 

 

 

manual_9780670922451THE VIOLET HOUR BY KATHERINE HILL

Life hasn’t always been perfect for Abe and Cassandra Green, but an afternoon on the San Francisco Bay might be as good as it gets. Abe is rheumatologist, piloting his coveted new boat. Cassandra is a sculptor, finally gaining modest attention for her art. Their beautiful daughter Elizabeth, is heading to Harvard in the fall. Somehow, they’ve made things work. But then, out of nowhere they plunge into a terrible fight. Cassandra has been unfaithful. In a fit fury, Abe throws himself of the boat.

A love story that begins with the end of a marriage, The Violet Hour follows a modern family through past and present, from the funeral home in the Washington suburbs where Cassandra first and her siblings grow up to the San Francisco public health clinic where Abe and Cassandra first meet. As the Greens navigate the passage of time the expectations of youth, the concessions of middle age, the headiness of desire, the bitterness of loss they must come to terms with the fragility of their intimacy, the strange legacies they inherit from their parents, and the kind of people they want to be.

The Violet Hour is deeply moving story of a family suddenly ripped apart, but then possibly reborn.

Katherine Hill was born in Washington, D.C, in 1982. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many publications including n+ 1, The Believer, Bookforum, Colorado Review and the San Francisco Chronicle. This is her first novel.

MY REVIEW

The Violet Hour is in four parts that cast the readers through many of the family members and friends drama. This is a story of a woman’s infidelity. Abe is the father whom is a doctor piloting his new sailing boat, on the San Francisco Bay, with his wife Cassandra Green whom is a sculptor and finally getting a bit of recognition and their beautiful daughter Elizabeth whom is soon going off to college in the fall. Life has not always been perfect for them but somehow they have made things work. The family are all blissfully sailing in the wind with the slapping of waves applying the sun cream and happy drinking. When a blazing argument erupts. Abe accuses his wife Cassandra of sleeping with some one else, even worse things were said. They both flung their word back and forth violently at each other. Poor Elizabeth their daughter had to take over and sail the boat listening to her parents scream at each other, that leads to end of her parents marriage. This is a story of destruction of a marriage and bitterness and loss through the whole family.

 

 

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