Image of Outside the Ordinary World


Image of Outside the Ordinary World

Ostermiller grabs you from the first paragraph in this intensely emotional novel. She deftly weaves together a modern storyline with a lyrical writing style, and her characters have a rich depth to them. The true prize is the plumbing of the psychological effects of modern family life on our relationships with each other — parents, children, spouses and lovers.

Sylvia’s home life was broken and complicated, with her parents constantly at war with each other and sometimes veering into violence and betrayal. Now grown, Sylvia has built a life with her husband and her two daughters. But has she really escaped her past, or simply boxed it off? Her relationship with her husband is strained, her career is stalled and her children’s rewarding behavior barely outweighs their difficult behavior. Her life’s at an impasse, and her choices may be influenced by her childhood. (MIRA, Aug., 377 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Victoria Frerichs