Sunday, March 7, 2010
Review: "The Heights" by Peter Hedges
Enter Anna Brody, the woman who has just purchased the most expensive brownstone in The Heights along with her elusive husband. For some unknown reason Anna sets her sights on Tim and Kate and decides to bring them into her priviledged circle while the rest of the neighborhood looks on in awe. Anna is not always what she appears to be and as she becomes closer to the Welch's, she begins to turn their safe little world upside-down.
I loved The Heights! Peter Hedges has a talent for pinpointing the truths of the rhythm of a middle-class family. I had to laugh in the first couple of chapters when Kate calls Tim to rejoice about their son pooping on the potty. How true! It is the little things in life that parents often treasure and celebrate, and Hedges has captured some of these moments beautifully and with accuracy.
This novel was written with both humour and real emotion as Tim and Kate evaluate their marriage and how hard they are willing to fight for the life that they have created together. I couldn't put it down, curious as to how this couple's story would end and hoping that it would not end like so many others. At once honest, accurate and compelling, I recommend this to anyone who has ever been part of the middle-class.
Thank-you to Penguin Canada's Exclusive Reads Program for this review copy! You can read an excerpt of this novel here or find out more about Peter Hedges (author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape and the screenplay for About a Boy, as well as the writer-director of Dan in Real Life) here.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Recommended to: Fiction lovers and anyone who has ever been a part of the middle-class
Challenges: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge 2010