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Ava, Mila, and Rosalyn all work at Murray's Diner in Long Island. They are friends and coworkers struggling to hold together their disordered lives. While Ava privately grieves the loss of her husband in the first Iraq War, Mila struggles to dissuade her seventeen-year-old daughter from enlisting in the second. Rosalyn works as an escort by night until love and illness conAva, Mila, and Rosalyn all work at Murray's Diner in Long Island. They are friends and coworkers struggling to hold together their disordered lives. While Ava privately grieves the loss of her husband in the first Iraq War, Mila struggles to dissuade her seventeen-year-old daughter from enlisting in the second. Rosalyn works as an escort by night until love and illness conspire to disrupt the tenuous balance she'd found and the past she'd kept at a safe distance. The promise of a new relationship with a coworker soon begins to restore Ava's faith in her own ability to feel, and Mila learns through wrenching loss that children must learn from their own mistakes. But ultimately it is love–for one another and for their wayward families–that sustains them through the pain and uncertainty of a world with no easy answers.With tender, unadorned prose and a supremely human sympathy for the triumphs and defeats of everyday life, in this long-awaited second novel Beverly Gologorsky delivers a moving and incisive story about loss, friendship, and healing in the shadow of a seemingly endless war....

Title : Stop Here
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ISBN : 9781609805043
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 239 Pages
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Stop Here Reviews

  • Chloé
    2019-02-06 22:08

    I received this book via Goodreads First Reads.I must admit, I did not know what to expect with this book. If I had seen it in a bookstore, I probably would have looked at the cover and moved on to another one. It's a chance that I won this novel because I would have missed a very good and interesting read. This novel talks about ordinary people who are affected by extraordinary circumstances; mainly war. Its is about how regular people have to deal with war, death, cancer... and their effects on them in their everyday lives. How life does not stop. Even if they are living tough situations, they still have to go to work, clean their houses, eat, breathe, live. The world never stops to turn. People still drink their coffee every morning with their breakfast even if others are dying every second, everywhere. What I really liked about this book is how each chapter focuses on a different character, each one being linked to the diner where some of the action takes place. Every character has something new and relevant to bring to the story. It never gets boring. Everyone has their own story, their own trauma. It keeps the novel in constant motion and the interactions between the characters are much more interesting because they are told from different perspectives. My favourite character was Rosalyn; a waitress who has to work as an escort to earn more money. I found her story to be quite touching and real. And that really is what is great about this novel. It feels true. Those people could be anyone, really. They don't lead extraordinary lives. They work every week, take care of their families, sometimes dream of other better lives, yet they get stuck in their routine, but still have some nice moments. It's a beautiful book, quite easy to read. You should all stop what you are doing and discover this novel by Beverly Gologorsky. She is a very promising author, writes beautifully and has an amazing way of describing characters; she makes them feel real.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-22 17:56

    What makes this novel special is the author’s skill at making her characters real; I do enjoy realistic fiction: fiction with real characters engaging in real struggles. In this novel, three strong single women work at a diner and work at keeping their homesteads in order. All women are impacted by Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The author’s greatest writing strength is that she was able to provide the reader with the devastations of war without making politics a distracting note. It’s a beautifully written novel. All Gologorsky’s characters are well developed; each character has a struggle that is easily identifiable in everyday life. I highly recommend it.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-07 23:00

    Talk about a Meh book. I enjoyed a lot of the writing style, the stories, the emotions that each person felt and their story. That being said, why so many characters?! The author introduced new people every single chapter and I often sat there going "Who is that?!" and frantically flipped back through the book only to realize that they hadn't been placed in the story yet. I understand that there were a few main stars in the story but holy moly was it hard to keep up on some chapters.Along with being hard to decipher, this book was just out right sad. I believe that one couple got a happy ending, who were the saddest people at the beginning of the book. I was hoping for more connection, more attachment and more feelings of those who have been affected by that war and deployment. Pretty disappointed in this one, but being a quick read I am not that upset.

  • Full Stop
    2019-01-26 19:00 by Scott BeauchampThere’s a particularly American sort of isolation, a way of being alone while in a group, that can be seen most clearly at a twenty-four-hour diner during the thin hours of night. No squalor or violence present, just the sinister hum of neon and the clanking of coffee spoons as strangers politely sink to the bottom of their own personal hells. It’s that same rootlessness and dissatisfaction that the painter Edward Hopper mined so thoroughly. You see it of course in his most famous work, “Nighthawks,” but it’s really present in everything he ever did. It’s a consciousness of sinister despair in the angular shadows of a building. It’s in the way two people leaning towards each other in conversation seem to be engaged in an existential conspiracy. It’s how a broken aerial jutting off to the side might be a thin finger pointing towards oblivion. This isn’t necessarily realism that we’re dealing with, but a very realistic look at the way depression soaks through the American landscape. Stop Here, Beverly Gologorsky’s second novel, is a sort of literary Hopper painting. She works in a simple and very naturalistic mode that moves beyond mere realism in the same way that “Nighthawks” suggests meaning beyond the simple plot of its image. Stop Here is about average Americans who are haunted. Money, death, regret — whatever torments the characters of this novel also thickens the atmosphere with an almost spectral presence. To say that Gologorsky is a master of mood would be an understatement.Read the rest here:

  • Brooke
    2019-02-20 18:44

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway!2.5 stars;This book was 'meh'. I'm normally not too crazy about contemporary but the war-themed really interested me (also the location, which unfortunately added nothing to the story, is where I'm from!).It's not that I disliked this book, but I didn't like it either. It was a quick read but didn't really hold my attention. I liked that there were many different characters - mainly because I didn't care about one in particular - but the writing is extremely unclear. I would read a paragraph filled with "she" and "her" before a name appeared and I knew who the author was writing about. With so many names and story lines, and not enough emotional attachment to characters, it was a bit confusing. This book is also very depressing. It addresses heavy topics - war, death, illness, caregiving, relationships - and while the book is realistic, none of the characters ever try to be positive and look at the bright side. Very, very depressing. And personally, I'm not one to turn away from tough subjects but it just did not work for this book. At times it became overwhelming and just too much.I also wasn't too crazy with the ending. (view spoiler)[They should have named the diner after Rosalyn! (hide spoiler)] A few too many loose ends and not much conclusion for many of the characters. The book seemed to just end abruptly. Some readers may really enjoy this book but it just simply was not for me.

  • Ryan
    2019-02-09 19:57

    * I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I'll start this off by pointing out that I don't typically read books like this. I enjoy good drama, but I'm also fond of action, suspense, twistyness, etc. With that in mind, I rather enjoyed this book. It has none of the aforementioned elements, but it completely works as a character study into the lives of people that no one in this country thinks too much about. It deals with unfulfilled lives, the ramifications of war at the individual level, the necessity/horror of parents letting their children live their lives as they see fit, and the grotesque imbalance between social classes. All of this is presented through well developed and likeable characters, and with no blatant political bias present to mar the point of the story. I can say that it felt like a longer read than it actually was though. It was good, but as stated, prefer something going on outside of just a basic "slice of life" story to keep me fully invested. Having said that however, for what it was, it surprised me, and I would recommend it to anyone who is capable of finding enjoyment in something a little simpler. For hardcore Michael Bay fans out there who demand constant explosions and goofy one liners to hold their interest, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.

  • Jessie
    2019-01-24 20:05

    Here we go! I've been meaning to write a review on this book for a long time!I received this book through Goodreads' First Reads giveaway, and was delighted, because this book was, out of twenty or so giveaways that I entered, the one that I was most interested in actually reading.I went into this book with high expectations, especially considering Ms. Gologorsky's impressive credentials, and those expectations were greatly exceeded. The protagonists are so finely crafted, and so full of intricate little details, that it is a pleasure to get to know them. The little things; the tragedies in their lives will break your heart in a thousand different ways. But as you're reading, you say to yourself, So it goes. That's life.And that, to me, was the sign that this was an amazing book. Nothing of it felt artificial, nothing felt contrived. It felt like life. I am looking forward to purchasing this book in its finished form! :)

  • Amanda
    2019-02-15 19:54

    Things have been so crazy I almost forgot that I read this and finally finished it. Despite being less than 300 pages, I think it took me a month. Which is not the fault of the book. Note that despite life being hectic, I liked this book enough to actually finish it when I had plenty of reasons to not. A group of characters living on Long Island are united by the diner that they have in common. The perspective changes frequently so that this novel actually feels at times like a bunch of linked short stories. The ending gave me the warm and fuzzies, which was much needed after reading a bunch of fairly depressing novels. This was a good recharge novel without being too sappy or too cheesy. I can't remember having read anything else like it. This is a terrible review, sorry, because I forgot to right it when the book was fresh. Suffice it to say I enjoyed this one and recommend it.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-19 23:38

    I learned a long time ago in an English class that some of the best books are both sweet and useful-that is, they are enjoyable to read while also teaching or instructing the reader in some way. I am an eclectic reader and love books that have only one of the above qualities, but over the years I've found the lesson to be an apt one. For me, the best books are ones that I can't stop reading, that also make me look at the world a little differently. This book is one of those. The characters are well-developed and the interactions between them keep the pages turning late into the night. The political themes of the book are also intriguing without alienating the reader-I think if you find you don't agree with the politics, you will still love this book. As for me, I am so glad that I won this book through Goodreads.

  • Mary
    2019-01-22 19:39

    I had great hopes for this novel, which is really much more a collection of linked stories -- think Olive Kitteridge, but not nearly as good -- than a novel. The characters were all part of a staff at a diner on Long Island, but they were developed, well, not poorly, just not at all. It was difficult to know who was Roslyn, and who was Mila and who was Bruce and who was Nick. Thus, it was difficult to know who had cancer, who didn't want her daughter to go to war, etc. A huge disappointment.

  • Sue Kozlowski
    2019-02-10 22:58

    I thought this book was ok - I kept reading it just to finish it. I felt that it was a bit unrealistic - every major life trauma and situation occurred - husband dying young, war veterans, post traumatic stress disorder, prostitution, cancer, teen pregnancy and giving up baby, husband in prison with daughter that never met him, affairs, paralyzed from the war - I mean it really doesn't miss a thing! I may live in my 'ivory tower' and not realize how some people need to struggle every day, but I just think the author went a little overboard with having her characters face so many tragedies.

  • Kara
    2019-01-21 21:48

    I deeply admire Gologorsky's crafting of this novel. Her depiction of her characters is unmistakably generous and sympathetic, but this does not prevent the novel from taking a larger, more objective view of the themes at stake at times. The narration is as deep feeling as it is deep thinking, and that's a rare and refreshing quality. I heartily recommend Stop Here. It's a fairly simple, yet life-affirming read.I received an uncorrected proof of this novel through the Goodreads First Reads program, FYI.

  • Jen
    2019-02-05 21:01

    The people who work in Murray's diner all have one thing in common: the war in Iraq. Ava's husband was killed there and now she is left alone to raise their son. Nick, who is the main chef, has a daughter who wants to go to Iraq and protest for peace. Bruce, another chef, is beside himself because his youngest boy was sent to Iraq to serve in the Marines. There are also many other characters in this book that interact with these people and it makes for an interesting story.

  • Ashley
    2019-01-27 19:00

    Like a bunch of short stories about a group of diner employees. I didn't like how much time was skipped paragraph to paragraph. It left out a lot of important events and made the stories difficult to follow.

  • Danalee
    2019-01-30 16:55

    Although not my usual pick, it definitely kept me reading! I also got annoyed and yelled at the ending, so that is a good sign!

  • Debbie Manzanares
    2019-02-06 21:00

    wow = very complex and real characters. Enjoyed reading this very much. It was a nice change from my normal fiction reads.

  • Bill Wolfe
    2019-02-17 20:48

    You can read my full review at my blog dedicated to literary fiction by women, Read Her Like an Open Book.

  • Ellen Garfield
    2019-02-06 16:56

    Harsh, real and in your face believable. These characters get under your skin. I wanted more and then it was over.

  • Susan
    2019-02-19 22:02

    Quick read, engaging characters. Good insight into relationships, especially among women friends.