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READ & DOWNLOAD The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals 108 × From the winner of the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction comes a tender and funny debut novel set over one emotionally charged weekend at an animal sanctuary in western Kansas where maternal romantic and community bonds are tested in the wake of an estranged dR mother for six long years knows she has to return to her childhood home especially since her own past may have played a role in the attack on the sanctuary Ariel expects tension maybe even fury but she doesn’t anticipate that her first love a ranch hand named Gideon will still be working at the Bright Side Back in Lawrence Ariel’s charming but hapless fiancé Dex grows paranoid about her sudden departure After uncovering Mona’s address he sets out to confront Ariel but instead finds her grappling with the life she’s abandoned Amid the reparations with her mother it’s clear that Ariel is uestioning the meaning of. Becky Mandelbaum is the real deal In 2016 she published a short story collection Bad Kansas which I read and loved And so when I found this debut novel on Net Galley I leapt at the chance to read and review it Big thanks to Net Galley and to Simon and Schuster This book will be available to the public August 4 2020 Ariel and her mother Mona have been estranged for six years But when she finds a news item about her mother’s sanctuary having been torched Ariel knows it’s time to go home to see what has been lost and what can be saved The story is told from the third person omniscient and we hear from three characters mostly We start with Mona whose stress levels have become nearly unbearable She’s getting too old to do so much work and she never has enough money She has just one employee working on site primarily for room and board Perhaps this stress is part of what possesses her when she leaps in her truck in the dead of night to steal the neighbor’s Make America Great Again sign She wrestles the great big thing into the bed of her pickup and by now we can see that she is a tightly wound person whose impulse control is just a tiny fraction of what it should be Meanwhile Ariel is concerned not only about the fire the sanctuary and her mother but also about her relationship Her boyfriend Dex—the third of the characters we hear from most proposes just as she has begun to fantasize about ending the relationship As the story progresses we can see that Ariel is the sort of person that runs from her problems sometimes literally She accepts the ring and then says she has to go home for the weekend and no he shouldn’t come with her After all she’ll be right back Probably Mandelbaum does a brilliant job of building believable nuanced characters and complicated relationships Five percent of the way into my galley my notes say “This one is going to be a thinker” And it is in the best sense of the word It isn’t a pretentious piece of writing by a long shot and it isn’t full of florid descriptions or challenging vocabulary Instead we have characters that are dealing with thorny personal issues that have no obvious solutions And my favorite aspect of it is the way the mother daughter relationship which is the heart of the novel is framed Mona has made a lot of mistakes in parenting Ariel but she loves her daughter and is a good person Ariel is still learning how to solve problems herself There’s a trend in fiction writing right now to draw villainous mothers as the sources of protagonists’ problems It’s close to becoming a cliché Mandelbaum has steered clear of this canard and created something much deeper and interesting In fact there are at least half a dozen stereotypes that she has dodged expertly The fact that she has done this in her debut novel suggests that a great career is ahead of her I love the way she ends this story Don’t deprive yourself of this glorious novel Highly recommended

The Bright Side Sanctuary for AnimalsR mother for six long years knows she has to return to her childhood home especially since her own past may have played a role in the attack on the sanctuary Ariel expects tension maybe even fury but she doesn’t anticipate that her first love a ranch hand named Gideon will still be working at the Bright Side Back in Lawrence Ariel’s charming but hapless fiancé Dex grows paranoid about her sudden departure After uncovering Mona’s address he sets out to confront Ariel but instead finds her grappling with the life she’s abandoned Amid the reparations with her mother it’s clear that Ariel is uestioning the meaning of. Becky Mandelbaum is the real deal In 2016 she published a short story collection Bad Kansas which I read and loved And so when I found this debut novel on Net Galley I leapt at the chance to read and review it Big thanks to Net Galley and to Simon and Schuster This book will be available to the public August 4 2020 Ariel and her mother Mona have been estranged for six years But when she finds a news item about her mother’s sanctuary having been torched Ariel knows it’s time to go home to see what has been lost and what can be saved The story is told from the third person omniscient and we hear from three characters mostly We start with Mona whose stress levels have become nearly unbearable She’s getting too old to do so much work and she never has enough money She has just one employee working on site primarily for room and board Perhaps this stress is part of what possesses her when she leaps in her truck in the dead of night to steal the neighbor’s Make America Great Again sign She wrestles the great big thing into the bed of her pickup and by now we can see that she is a tightly wound person whose impulse control is just a tiny fraction of what it should be Meanwhile Ariel is concerned not only about the fire the sanctuary and her mother but also about her relationship Her boyfriend Dex—the third of the characters we hear from most proposes just as she has begun to fantasize about ending the relationship As the story progresses we can see that Ariel is the sort of person that runs from her problems sometimes literally She accepts the ring and then says she has to go home for the weekend and no he shouldn’t come with her After all she’ll be right back Probably Mandelbaum does a brilliant job of building believable nuanced characters and complicated relationships Five percent of the way into my galley my notes say “This one is going to be a thinker” And it is in the best sense of the word It isn’t a pretentious piece of writing by a long shot and it isn’t full of florid descriptions or challenging vocabulary Instead we have characters that are dealing with thorny personal issues that have no obvious solutions And my favorite aspect of it is the way the mother daughter relationship which is the heart of the novel is framed Mona has made a lot of mistakes in parenting Ariel but she loves her daughter and is a good person Ariel is still learning how to solve problems herself There’s a trend in fiction writing right now to draw villainous mothers as the sources of protagonists’ problems It’s close to becoming a cliché Mandelbaum has steered clear of this canard and created something much deeper and interesting In fact there are at least half a dozen stereotypes that she has dodged expertly The fact that she has done this in her debut novel suggests that a great career is ahead of her I love the way she ends this story Don’t deprive yourself of this glorious novel Highly recommended

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The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals Ê From the winner of the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction comes a tender and funny debut novel set over one emotionally charged weekend at an animal sanctuary in western Kansas where maternal romantic and community bonds are tested in the wake of an estranged daughter’s homecomingThe Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals is in trouble It’s late 2016 when Ariel discovers that her mother Mona’s animal sanctuary in Western Kansas has not only been the target of anti Semitic hate crimes but that it’s also for sale due to hidden financial ruin Ariel living a new life in progressive Lawrence and estranged from he. It took me about two pages to bond with Mona She loves animals and hates Trump She is my kinda gal Mona runs the Brightside Animal Sanctuary in a small town in western Kansas She’s recently been hit by a hate crime the burning of her barn and graffiti on the walls of other buildings She’s been estranged from her daughter Ariel for six years But when Ariel learns of the hate crimes and that Mona has put the sanctuary up for sale she returns home The book made me realize my east coast prejudices You mean there are actually liberals in KansasNone of the characters are perfect Both Mona and Ariel make dumb mistakes that hurt the other They have no idea how to communicate with each other and neither can really forgive The book made me feel incredibly sad for these two hurting and hurtful souls At times the book drags But Mandlebaum has an ability to paint a scene so I could easily see it with my mind’s eye She reminds us of all that animals have to teach us if we would only pay attention My thanks to Netgalley and Simon Schuster for an advance copy of this book SUMMARY Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Becky Mandelbaum

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Becky Mandelbaum ✓ 8 READ & DOWNLOAD Her life in Lawrence and whether she belongs with Dex or with someone else somewhere else Acclaimed writer Pam Houston says that “Mandelbaum is wise beyond her years and twice as talented” and The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals poignantly explores the uniue love and tension between mothers and daughters and humans and animals alike Perceptive and funny moving and elouent and ultimately buoyant Mandelbaum offers a panoramic view of family and forgiveness and of the meaning of home Her debut reminds us that love provides refuge and underscores our similarities as human beings no matter how alone or far apart we may feel. DNF page 10 I hate reading books with politically charged content I don’t care what side it’s on it makes me uncomfortable