Start Without Me

Start Without Me The author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Jonah explores questions of love and choice disappointment and hope in the lives of two strangers who meet by chance in this mesmerizing tale that u

  • Title: Start Without Me
  • Author: Joshua Max Feldman
  • ISBN: 9780062668721
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Jonah explores questions of love and choice, disappointment and hope in the lives of two strangers who meet by chance in this mesmerizing tale that unfolds over one Thanksgiving dayAdam is a former musician and recovering alcoholic who is home for Thanksgiving for the first time in many years Surrounded by his parents andThe author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Jonah explores questions of love and choice, disappointment and hope in the lives of two strangers who meet by chance in this mesmerizing tale that unfolds over one Thanksgiving dayAdam is a former musician and recovering alcoholic who is home for Thanksgiving for the first time in many years Surrounded by his parents and siblings, nieces and nephews all who have seen him at his worst he can t shake the feeling that no matter how hard he tries, he ll always be the one who can t get it right.Marissa is a flight attendant whose marriage is strained by simmering tensions over race, class and ambition Heading to her in laws for their picture perfect holiday family dinner, her anxiety is intensified by the knowledge she is pregnant from an impulsive one night stand.In an airport restaurant on Thanksgiving morning, Adam and Marissa meet Over the course of this day fraught with emotion and expectation, these two strangers will form an unlikely bond as they reckon with their family ties, their pasts, and the choices that will determine their way forward.Joshua Max Feldman focuses his knowing eye on one of the last bastions of classical American idealism, the Thanksgiving family gathering, as he explores our struggles to know and to be our best selves Hilarious and heartrending, Start Without Me is a thoughtful and entertaining page turner that will leave its indelible mark on your heart.

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    1. Joshua Max Feldman is a writer of fiction and plays His first novel, THE BOOK OF JONAH, has been translated into nine languages His newest book, START WITHOUT ME, will be published in October, 2017 by William Morrow He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

    2. I won this in a giveaway! (Thank you, William Morrow)"Start Without Me" by Joshua Max Feldman is a quick and engaging read that takes places over the course of one (Thanksgiving) day. Feldman did an excellent job of cramming every situation and dilemma that could happen to a person on such a stressful day for Adam, (a recovering alcoholic, ex-musician) and Marissa (a pregnant flight attendant, trapped in a shitty marriage to a man-child). Adam and Marissa are strangers to each other, but they me [...]

    3. What would holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas be without family drama? This book covers one Thanksgiving Day in the lives of Adam and Melissa, two strangers who meet on this more-than-stressful-for-them day.Adam is working in a bank and trying to live a sober life. He had been quite a successful musician but the life on the road and a broken love has led him to alcohol abuse. He hasn’t spent a Thanksgiving with his family in years and although this is the year he really wants to try, he [...]

    4. Favorite Quotes:The stillness of the house was deafening somehow—like all the sleeping people were vibrating at a frequency only he could hear: his family, ringing in his ears.They’d been fighting daily lately, like it was a setting in their relationship they didn’t know how to turn off.Marissa’s temper had a velocity such that she only knew she’d lost it about the same time everyone else did.I don’t even recognize you anymore, with this persona you have now, of this like, like, rich [...]

    5. 2.5 starsBased on the cover art and the description "hilarious and heartrending" in the summary, I guess I expected this to be a lot more jaunty? But in fact, it's really quite grim. I certainly don't think that any of it was "hilarious" (nor did anything seem like it was intended to be?). Heartrending? Probably not the word I would use. I think a better descriptor would simply be "gritty."Case in point: the author seems to be going for hyper-realism here, and as such there is a lot of foul lang [...]

    6. I was fortunate enough to read an advanced copy of this stunning novel. I loved everything about it-- the characters, their stories, the gorgeous writing, and the effortless way Joshua Max Feldman creates such tension and drama from a seemingly random act of fate: two strangers, both facing a crossroads in life, start a conversation in an airport restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. From that one conversation, and over the course of one day, everything will change. Adam and Marissa pulled me in from [...]

    7. Damn if this isn't the worst Thanksgiving ever. This novel had me wincing again and again, out of empathy and judgment, I admit it. Overall, I enjoyed the narrative, even as I wondered what the hell was going to happen that could possibly be worse. I want to believe that two strangers could meet under odd circumstances and end one day together feeling as if they truly knew each other. The two protagonists here had some pretty rough hands dealt to them, and neither made the best choices in how th [...]

    8. She is a stewardess trying to get to her in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner. He is the dysfunctional member of his Norman Rockwell family. There meeting is a crash cross. I can say at first I was a little hesitant with the direction the book was going but wasPleasantly surprised. If the holidays have you down and you want a feel good pick me up this will be one to consider. I laughed at parts of the book and sniffles at parts I could relate too.

    9. We have a lot of balls in the air with this book- we have Adam, not even a year into sobriety from alcoholism, who is rebuilding his life (kind of) after the end of his relationship with Johanna and break up of the band he was in. He's a mess. He kind of reminds me of James Frey in A Million Little Pieces, he has the potential to be a lot of things but it's himself that prevents it. He has a good family who are all fully over his crap and he's almost angry about it, like they should want to deal [...]

    10. Growing up, family dinners and holidays were far and few between. Between having much older siblings who lived on the opposite side of the country with their own lives and the clear tension that drew a line in the sand between my parents, the holidays were never cheery Christmas songs and sitting down at the same table. That was until I met my husband and I saw how the other side lived. Suddenly, my tradition of never worrying about where to be on Thanksgiving turned into three full Thanksgiving [...]

    11. A quick and engrossing read that throws together two sympathetic thirty somethings that need a change in life. Both running from families they can’t deal with, they find support in each other. The writing is fresh and the story moves fast, resulting in making this a one day read. I really enjoyed the characters because of, not in spite of, their flaws.

    12. Original Source: novelvisits/mini-reviews-My Thoughts: Start Without Me opens with 35-year old Adam waking up in his childhood bed, staring down a nephew he barely knows, and feeling very out of place in his parents’ home. Adam has been a semi-successful musician most of his life, but he’s also been an alcoholic much of that time. He knows he’s caused his family a lot of pain and facing their judgement is really more than he can bear and quickly he flees. Marissa, 31 and a flight attendant [...]

    13. Amazing. In the vein of the movie "Home for the Holidays" except even more dysfunctional and interesting. I loved it.

    14. I won this in a giveaway! Thank you William Morrow/ Harper CollinsNicely paced quick read that takes place over one day - Thanksgiving! Two strangers help each other though their individual family dramas. Nothing romantic here, so if you are looking for that, look elseware. No high jinks drama craziness, just the usual sort of personality and history conflicts that you can only have with family. Even though the novel only covers one day, it comes to a satisfying conclusion and made me wish for [...]

    15. I received a copy of this book through ’ First Reads program. To quote Tolstoy, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This book was certainly a meditation on the unhappy end of the spectrum, during one Thanksgiving day. Marissa and Adam’s chance meeting in an airport restaurant leads the reader to exploring a series of unfortunate holiday events among both of their families. It’s not your typical, shiny holiday story, with a redemptive happy end [...]

    16. Adam is nine months sober and still fighting for every day of it. He's attempting his first family event in a long time, and it doesn't go well. Flight attendant Marissa is the daughter of an alcoholic, and struggling with her own life choices, both good and bad. She's attempting her husband's family gathering for Thanksgiving, and it doesn't go well either. And there you have pretty much the entire story. I found the characters to be lightly drawn on the page, and neither drew me in much at all [...]

    17. Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman is an interesting character study that will resonate with readers who have complicated family relationships.Recovering alcoholic Adam Warshaw is spending the first Thanksgiving with his family in years and he has barely arrived before he runs away. Planning to fly back to San Francisco, he is passing time at a hotel restaurant where he meets flight attendant Marissa who is also not looking forward to spending the day with her husband, Robbie and his family. [...]

    18. The Short of It:What happens when a recovering alcoholic returns home for Thanksgiving, only to abandon his family because he just can’t imagine being with them?The Rest of It:Adam is home for Thanksgiving and overwhelmed by his family. He’s a recovering alcoholic and being home is just too much for him to deal with.Marissa is a flight attendant and pregnant with another man’s baby. Her husband, who senses that their relationship is strained, has no idea what he’s in for when she shows u [...]

    19. I received Start Without Me as part of a giveaway.Adam Warshaw is a formerly successful musician and recovering alcoholic attending his family's Thanksgiving following rehab and a prolonged estrangement. When the holiday morning begins inauspiciously, he flees, intending to fly home to San Francisco and lick his wounds. At the airport, he meets Marissa, a flight attendant in a troubled marriage, pregnant following a one-night stand, who is attempting to make her in-laws' picturesque but uncomfo [...]

    20. Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman follows two main characters: Marissa, a flight attendant who is pregnant from a one night stand - a pregnancy she intends to keep secret from her husband lest their already strained marriage become moreso.Then there is Adam, a former musician-slash-recovering alcholic-slash-epic screw up, home for the holidays for the first time in years (he can't even rememember his nephew's name).The book takes place all on Thanksgiving day. Adam and Marissa meet each oth [...]

    21. This was a great book - especially one to read over the Thanksgiving holiday!Adam and Marissa meet by chance at an airport restaurant on Thanksgiving morning. Adam, a recovering alcoholic, former musician, is headed home to his parents' house. He knows he's been a huge disappointment to his family and is stressed about what is to come. Marissa, a flight attendant, is married into a rich family, complete with class and race issues, with a husband who is content to not have a job while trying to w [...]

    22. Start Without Me is the story of two unhappy strangers that meet in an airport lounge on Thanksgiving Day. Adam is a recovering alcoholic who has gone home to have dinner with his family but finds himself unable to cope and leaves early Thanksgiving morning before they all get up. Marissa is a flight attendant who grew up poor with a single alcoholic mother who often abandoned her children so that she could drink. She has married into a wealthy family but is now pregnant after a one night stand [...]

    23. Rating: 2.5/5I was sent a copy of Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman, from the publisher and TLC Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review. Start Without Me follows two very different characters who spend Thanksgiving together following a chance meeting in a hotel restaurant. Former musician and recovering alcoholic Adam forms an unlikely friendship (for lack of a better word) with Marissa, a flight attendant with marital problems.What I liked about this novel included the differences bet [...]

    24. I enjoyed this as a quick read for the weekend. This book is about Adam and Marissa, two strangers who meet on Thanksgiving running away from stressful situations. They are both in situations where they have to face reality and their choices made. They face choices both past and present. Family who are their biggest critics yet biggest supporters. Some of the book made you think what would I do in this situation? Most of the time you really can't answer until you are faced with whatever it is yo [...]

    25. (Spoilers straight out because I don't know how else to write this review)I struggled with this book. Much like Adam and Marissa seem to struggle with their lives. I was hoping beyond hope. Struggling with turning every page hoping for a better resolution. For each of them to turn their own page in their lives and make better choices. In the end, it seems like they did, but only just. Maybe that's what life is truly about though. Maybe Mr. Feldman captured what it truly is like to struggle with [...]

    26. I loved this description of this book and wanted to immediately read it once I got my hands on it. However, this book is anything but hilarious as the description states. It's a really sad story of Marissa and Adam and the way their lives are not what they want. I really like the general idea of what this book is and the story they were telling, but I think there was a lot of filler in it and I really wish that there was some actual humor in it. I also wish you found out what happens with their [...]

    27. Feldman's second novel is not very similar to his Book of Jonah. In Start Without Me, he gives us two unhappy people: Adam, a recovering alcoholic who cannot face Thanksgiving with his family, and Marissa, a married flight attendant who is travelling to spend Thanksgiving with her in-laws, pregnant from a one-night stand. The two meet in an airport lounge and support one another through the many challenges of the day. Feldman touches on family, marriage, independence, and meaning, but mostly ski [...]

    28. I won this book in a Giveaway.Adam is a former musician and recovering alcoholic who is home for Thanksgiving for the first time in many years. Marissa is a flight attendant whose marriage is strained and who is also pregnant from an impulsive one-night-stand. In an airport restaurant on Thanksgiving morning, Adam and Marissa meet. Over the course of this day with high emotions and expectation, these two strangers will form an unlikely bond as they deal with their family ties, their pasts, and [...]

    29. A chance encounter of two people who sadly aren't having the worst day of their lives, just a very crappy Thanksgiving, drives the action of this novel. But what really is driving this novel is their previous unhealthy decisions, past and current unhealthy relationships, and maybe unhealthy priorities.And a dilemma -- How to find your way forward. I found the ending somewhat unsatisfying, but it does leave the reader with the moral question of when should people just choose to move on.

    30. I received this from a giveaway. This was good. Based on the jacket cover and premise, I fully anticipated a Tropper type read. It wasn't. It was much more "real" and deep. Thus, the conclusion was also very much more satisfying because you knew the characters deserved where they reached in the story. I definitely recommend this to nearly everyone because every family has "that relative" and this is a great story offering insight to the battle "that relative" has fought or is currently still fi [...]

    31. This book might not have come to my attention if it hadn't come to me as a gift. And I'm very glad it did. The whole book takes place on Thanksgiving day, so it was certainly timely (I finished it the day before TG), and also extremely well constructed, with a lot of velocity, and a good baseline groove holding it together, compelling characters, effective back stories, and most important to me, new understandings of the discomforts of family dynamics, and who would have guessed that new insight [...]

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