If, Then

If, Then

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"In the quiet haven of Clearing, Oregon, four neighbors find their lives upended when they begin to see themselves in parallel realities. Ginny, a devoted surgeon whose work often takes precedence over her family, has a baffling vision of a beautiful co-worker in Ginny's own bed and begins to doubt the solidity of her marriage. Ginny's husband, Mark, a wildlife scientist, sees a vision that suggests impending devastation and grows increasingly paranoid, threatening the safety of his wife and son. Samara, a young woman desperately mourning the recent death of her mother and questioning why her father seems to be coping with such ease, witnesses an apparition of her mother healthy and vibrant and wonders about the secrets her parents may have kept from her. Cass, a brilliant scholar struggling with the demands of new motherhood, catches a glimpse of herself pregnant again, just as she's on the brink of returning to the project that could define her career. At first the visions are relatively benign, but they grow increasingly disturbing--and, in some cases, frightening. When a natural disaster threatens Clearing, it becomes obvious that the visions were not what they first seemed and that the town will never be the same." --Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525511229
Branch Call Number: SF DAY
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 25 cm


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knitsewrainbow Oct 14, 2019

A compelling read, but there are some plot and timeline issues that don't work for the story and leave me feeling confused and the story unresolved. The idea behind the book is a good one, but the execution failed. Hard to believe this made it through the editorial staff with these kinds of problems.

May 27, 2019

This book is beautifully written and I really wanted to love it, but I just couldn't. I found the "multi-verse" glimpses experienced by several characters confusing and inconsistent. At the end, I found myself unable to even guess how many different timelines were hinted at, what if anything they had in common, and when events were occurring relative to others. I'm not even sure which events happened in the "main" story line. Day can definitely write, though - hopefully she'll concentrate on a more coherent plot next time.

Apr 09, 2019

Not badly written, but way too much uninteresting petty detail. I found the characters (especially the male characters) unconvincing, and the very slow moving plot (what there is of it) caused me to start skimming two-thirds of the way through the book and to put it down before finishing it. Not a good book.

TSCPL_Miranda Apr 01, 2019

I'm sure we've all had moments of wondering, what if? What if I had chosen this, rather than that? What if I had left an hour later that day? What if, then what? Counterfactual thinking. In If, Then, Kate Hope Day explores the possibility of parallel realities in a contemporary novel about relationship and family, that has just a touch of speculative sci-fi. I found myself thinking about my own life and choices as I read about four characters in a quiet Oregon community who are doing the same. As they move along in the lives they've chosen, each sees a vision of something that might have been or could be, and it's clear that something is going on. Why are these four different people all experiencing what could be termed hallucinations? Which timeline is real? The author skillfully wove would could have been a confusing book into a gripping read with a really satisfying end. I'll look forward to more work from Day in the future.


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