The Two-family House

The Two-family House

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"Brooklyn, 1947: in the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and their once deep friendship begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost but not quite wins. From debut novelist Lynda Cohen Loigman comes The Two-Family House, a moving family saga filled with heart, emotion, longing, love, and mystery. "Two families, both living in one house, drive an exquisitely written novel of love, alliances, the messiness of life and long buried secrets. Loigman's debut is just shatteringly wonderful and I can't wait to see what she does next."--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You"No good deed goes unpunished. In a single, intensely charged moment, two women come to a private agreement meant to assure each other's happiness. But as Lynda Cohen Loigman deftly reveals, life is not so simple, especially when it involves two families, tightly intertwined. The Two-Family House is sympathetically observed and surely plotted all the way through to its deeply satisfying conclusion."--Christina Schwarz, author of Drowning Ruth (an Oprah's Book Club pick) and national bestseller The Edge of the Earth"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250076922
1250076927
9781250118165
1250118166
Characteristics: viii, 290 pages ; 25 cm

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abbi_g
Jul 22, 2017

I have been wanting to read The Two-Family House since I came across it on Goodreads several months ago, but the library didn't own a copy of it yet. Well, when I came across it again (on you guessed it, Goodreads), I searched the library's catalog again and they finally got it!

I really enjoyed this novel. The whole secret between Helen & Rose reminded me of the plot of the novel, Truly Madly Guilty; although that book wasn't nearly as good as this one. What I appreciated the most was that Lynda Cohen Loigman didn't keep the infamous secret from readers until the end of the book like Liane Moriarity did in Truly Madly Guilty. Instead she brought the conflict to light right away and built an awesome story around it.

I ended up finishing the book in less than 12 hours because I just had to see how things would play out between the families involved. I was also very satisfied with the story's ending. I'll be on the lookout for future novels by Lynda Cohen Loigman.

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Jbritton78
Aug 01, 2016

This book did nothing for me. I knew within the first 50 pages what the premise of the book was and nothing really happened. Characters held secrets but I knew their secrets and I felt like there was no suspense. The book just went on and on about the 2 families over a period of 20 years. It just wasn't good at all.

eringate May 30, 2016

The Two-Family House (or as I like to call it: Abe&Helen&Mort&Rose) is a novel that begins on a night in the late 1940's where two sisters-in-law who share a duplex with their husbands and respective children give birth just minutes apart. From there the story spans more than two decades, emotionally telling their collective life stories from the perspective of six different family members.

When will this be a three part A&E miniseries event???

Beautifully written and breathtakingly honest, you are held hostage by Ms. Loigman's storytelling. Though I figured out the family "secret" early on, it was still a lovely read that I couldn't put down!

dossiere May 24, 2016

I am halfway thru this novel. I keep waiting for it to get interesting . I give up. I do not even like any of the characters. I was so excited to read this book. And now so disappointed.

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becker
Apr 21, 2016

This was a very engaging read. I think it had me right from the opening lines. I loved the quick chapters and the alternating P.O.V. between the family members. There are a lot of complex relationship dynamics going on for a book that is so short and readable.

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coroboreefarm
Apr 21, 2016

In the forties and fifties, many immigrant families in New York lived in shared houses. This book relates the family dramas of two such families, brothers Abe and Mort and their wives, Helen and Rose. Told from multiple perspectives, this emotional read will draw you in and hold you tight as you experience both joyful and sad moments with the entwined families.

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