Ordinary People

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Penguin, Jan 1, 1982 - Fiction - 263 pages
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The Novel that Inspired Robert Redford's Oscar Winning Film starring Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore

In Ordinary People, Judith Guest's remarkable first novel, the Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain...and ultimate healing.
Judith Guest is the author of six novels, including Ordinary People, Errands, and the Tarnished Eye.
 

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User Review  - kittyjay - LibraryThing

A deeply moving, thoughtful book, Ordinary People takes a brutally close look at the dynamics of a family coping with the loss of a child. Conrad, the surviving child, struggles with his own guilt and ... Read full review

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User Review  - KLmesoftly - LibraryThing

This was such an unassuming little volume I didn't have many expectations going in, but if anything the shortness of the book only amplified its emotional impact. The cast is a family of 3 who lost ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
14
Section 4
25
Section 5
36
Section 6
46
Section 7
52
Section 8
59
Section 16
140
Section 17
149
Section 18
157
Section 19
165
Section 20
172
Section 21
177
Section 22
186
Section 23
192

Section 9
72
Section 10
81
Section 11
86
Section 12
95
Section 13
105
Section 14
122
Section 15
130
Section 24
201
Section 25
221
Section 26
232
Section 27
241
Section 28
244
Section 29
252
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About the author (1982)

Judith Guest won the Janet Heidegger Kafka Prize for her first novel, Ordinary People, which was made into the Academy Award-winning 1980 film of the same name. Her other novels are Second Heaven, Killing Time in St. Cloud(with Rebecca Hill), and Errands. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Harrisville, Michigan.

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