The Inseparables

The Inseparables A keenly observed multi generational novel about sex marriage shame money divorce guilt bad therapists French food death and one old rooster by the acclaimed author of Wise Men Henrietta Oly

  • Title: The Inseparables
  • Author: Stuart Nadler
  • ISBN: 9780316335256
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A keenly observed multi generational novel about sex, marriage, shame, money, divorce, guilt, bad therapists, French food, death, and one old rooster, by the acclaimed author of Wise Men.Henrietta Olyphant has lost her husband, her money, and is about to lose her hard won anonymity The Inseparables, the scandalous and critically despised best seller that Henrietta wrote dA keenly observed multi generational novel about sex, marriage, shame, money, divorce, guilt, bad therapists, French food, death, and one old rooster, by the acclaimed author of Wise Men.Henrietta Olyphant has lost her husband, her money, and is about to lose her hard won anonymity The Inseparables, the scandalous and critically despised best seller that Henrietta wrote decades earlier, is set to be reissued At the same time, her daughter Oona is in the middle of a divorce, and has begun an affair with her therapist And Oona s teenaged daughter Lydia faces scrutiny and shame when a nude photo unintentionally circulates around her boarding school In the wake of these upheavals, the women come together unexpectedly to sift through the mess Told over the course of a few days, this incisive and moving novel examines what happens when our most careful ideas about ourselves unravel and we must invent ourselves and our family anew.

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    • Larry H says:

      Henrietta Olyphant was once a bit of a radical feminist, a professor of women's studies in New York, who often spoke about the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated society. Yet after she married her chef husband, who moved her to a farmhouse in a Boston suburb, and while she was raising their infant daughter, she decided to write a book. The Inseparables was a smutty, titillating romp about female sexual liberation which was reviled by critics and feminists alike, but beloved by every [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      Sex and shame have gone hand in hand for much too long. This is the theme to Stuart Nadler's The Inseparables. He has fabulously written three generations of women whose lives have all arrived at this sadly familiar intersection. Although some parts were hard to read (trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[camera phone voyeurism, revenge porn, cyber bullying (hide spoiler)]), it's not all seriousness. There are moving family moments and a surprising amount of humor to lighten up what could have been a [...]

    • Jessica says:

      This is a decidedly imperfect novel--as a whole, it's rather lacking in focus--but Nadler has created some memorable characters and his prose is so easy to consume.

    • Shawn Mooney says:

      The premise of this novel is brilliant: three generations of strong women, all reckoning with sexuality and human connection at their particular stage of life. Henrietta, 70, recently widowed, a pioneering women's studies prof before marriage, the author of a smutty novel in the early days of said marriage, the publication and reception of which has made her notorious, mortifyingly so, ever since. Her daughter, Oona, a workaholic surgeon, recently separated from her lazy, pot-smoking hubby, now [...]

    • Carole Sullivan says:

      A man who can write women, huh? I'm not convinced by Stuart Nadler. The women were not like any women I know. I would guess that Nadler is overrated with his Iowa Workshop background. The descriptions of Massachusetts cold weather are nice. Some of the characters are suspect cliches -- the man in the antique shop. We have a 70 year old, a 40 year old and a 15 year old - Grandmother, Mother, Daughter. A dead husband, a stoner husband and a feckless and abusive boyfriend. and they are trying to ho [...]

    • Lauren Archer says:

      Loved this book. Not sure I would compare it to The Interestings. The three generations of the women who held the story together. Even the side characters were a pleasant surprise.

    • Nicholas says:

      I anticipated liking this a lot more than I did: three generations of women in one family, death, food, divorce, an embarrassing novel about sex written long ago by the grandmother, an aging feminist. It sounded a bit like a combination of Meg Wolitzer's The Position and Brian Morton's Florence Gordon. Alas, I didn't love it, though I'm not totally sure why. I just didn't find it as funny as its many blurbers suggested it would be and it lacked the zip to keep me all that interested.

    • Lisa says:

      Three generations of women face different crises in their lives. I would have given it three stars, but ultimately it fell flat. Too many times, it felt like we were being led somewhere only to be cut off. 2.5 stars?

    • Rick says:

      I did not really like any of the characters.The dialogue was repetitive. And the story linewas boring and stupid. Otherwise, not bad.

    • Patti says:

      2.5 starsMany times while reading, I thought "this just isn't for me." But I kept going, so apparently, there was something for me.I finished it, meh.Nice touch with Lydia's problem, tho. A big issue in today's world.

    • Danielle McClellan says:

      Perhaps because of its title, this novel reminded me a bit of Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings, in that it was a beautifully written novel that ultimately left me dissatisfied. I wrote the following about that novel, and I will copy it again here because I am finding this increasingly to be the case for me, especially with novels that are very well executed, but ultimately feel too polished, too clean, and too writer-y. "This story kept my attention, the characters were fully rounded. But, and th [...]

    • Martha Tomhave says:

      I admired and enjoyed this book as I read it - the incisive comments, hilarious scenes, good hearted musings and wonderful characters - and Nadler writes about women with extraordinary empathy and zero condescension. But somehow the plot didn't add up. Henrietta and her grand daughter Lydia both suffer shame from public sexualization, Lydia's mother Oona has sex with her goofy therapist, Henrietta's husband leaves her romantic notes, the antique seller gropes Henrietta - all interesting, often r [...]

    • Jason says:

      I am reluctant to give this book 3 stars, although it deserves more than my 2 star rating.Nadler has graceful control over his storytelling and does a skillful job with the interplay of his interesting and full characters and the emotional trajectory they all are facing. But as a reader, I feel that there is something missing is the novel's resolution. Of course life is not completely resolved and this novel leaves us with that slice of life feel and reality. But given that this is a work of fic [...]

    • Peebee says:

      What an interesting book to review.I thought it started off a little slow, and it can certainly be poignantly sad if not downright depressing in parts, but the character development was exquisite. And some of the dialogue and scene-setting was brilliant. I wasn't always happy while reading this book, but I'm happy it was written. I really enjoyed the author's Wise Men, and this showed equivalent talent.

    • Julie says:

      Deft portrayal of problems faced by three generations of women. Each character from this one family was different, but each was smart, self-aware, and identifiable. Nadler portrays them with intelligence and wit.

    • Kyle Schnitzer says:

      Whole lot of sub plots, beautiful writing and the novel moves. Each chapter has you wanting more. One negative was Lydia's voice which I questioned if it actually sounded like a teenager. Nonetheless, a great read on family.

    • South Buncombe Library says:

      Good for readers looking for a light read about dysfunctional families with a slight literary bent. -Sarah

    • Sam says:

      I really enjoyed this one. Quick read, incredibly funny - the kind of book that had me both laughing and crying.

    • Sarah says:

      I prefer The Interestings and The Middlesteins to this one, but it is kindof fun to think about other plural titles I've read.

    • miss.mesmerized mesmerized says:

      Eine Familie, drei Frauen, dreimal Probleme mit Männern: Henrietta Olyphant, die Großmutter, einst erfolgreiche Feminismus-Dozentin und Autorin, hat vor knapp einem Jahr ihren Mann verloren und muss nun das Haus verlassen, in dem sie über 40 Jahre gelebt haben und wo ihre Tochter zur Welt kam. Die Trauer überwiegt alles bis sie plötzlich mit Dingen konfrontiert wird, die das Bild von ihrem Mann gehörig ins Wanken bringen. Oona ist gerade wieder bei ihrer Mutter eingezogen, da sie sich von [...]

    • Chaya Nebel says:

      I received this novel as part of a promotion.Three women in varying stages of life and varying conflicts that occupy their lives form the thematic center of this novel. Henrietta, a post-modern feminist having given up academia to live on a farm in rural Massachusetts with her chef husband, is recently widowed and facing the very real threat of poverty. Her daughter Oona has separated from her pothead husband and is coming to grips with her loneliness, the prospect of dating other men, and her m [...]

    • Marvin says:

      Since I read this as an ebook rather than hard copy that forces you to see the cover every time you pick it up, I actually forgot that the author was not a woman: Nadler writes effectively about a woman from each of 3 generations, about their relationships with each other and with men, but especially about the problems each faces--problems that are characteristic of their generation. Henrietta faces the prospect of selling her home 11 months after her beloved husband has died; her daughter Oona [...]

    • Saskia says:

      Henrietta Olyphant, Tochter Oona und Enkelin Lydia sind drei starke, selbstbewusste Frauen, die den Mittelpunkt Stuart Nadlers neuen Romans bilden. Das Leben der Witwe Henrietta droht aufgewühlt zu werden, durch die Neuauflage ihres ehemaligen Skandalbestsellers. Auch wenn sie den lieber vergessen würde, so bleibt ihr nicht viel übrig, als dem Drängen ihres Verlegers nachzugeben, das Geld kann sie nach dem Tod ihres Mannes mehr als gut gebrauchen. Tochter Oona, eine der besten Orthopäden de [...]

    • Judy Mann says:

      Here's what irritated me about this book.He, Stuart Nadler was just trying too damned hard.The dialogue, let's be clear here is basically a monologue,300 pages long- all being said by the exact same person. They all sound exactly alike.All three women and the doped up husband and the marriage therapist and the antique store owner.They all sound exactly alike because they are, as I said - the exact same person- with a different cookie cutter shape.Same dough. Different shape. All witty , all glib [...]

    • Tudor Alexander says:

      I first heard of this book from a review in the Chicago Tribune. I met the author at a wedding ten years ago, and I read what he has published so far. At the wedding we spent five minutes (or less) talking, he a very young aspiring author on his way to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and I an older aspiring author, with a few self-published books to my name and still struggling to be “discovered”. I do not remember what we talked about (literature, most likely), but I know that I sensed in him [...]

    • Joni Daniels says:

      THe premise is encouraging: 3 generations of women, each at a crossroads. 70 year old Henrietta: widowed, needing money, republishing the book that brought hr fame, notoriety and shame on it’s anniversary. Iona: doctor who hides out at work soon to be divorced from pot head ex-lawyer house husband Spencer. And Lydia: who has left boarding school because of a nudge photo that has gone viral. Some of the writing is clever, even quotable (It was a good rule that the mother should never like the b [...]

    • Pegster says:

      After the sudden death of her husband, 70-year-old Henrietta Olyphant is broke and unmoored. Her daughter Oona is mid-divorce and moves home. Meanwhile, Oona's teenager Lydia, gets expelled from gifted program, faces accusations involving a viral nude photo. Henrietta had sold a book back in her 20s about sex, a porno book that's getting republished and is embarrassed to let her kids know about it.In the wake of the upheaval, these tough, independent women find themselves under one roof. Togethe [...]

    • Allison Hiltz says:

      Originally reviewed at The Book Wheel:Picking up The Inseparables by Stuart Nadler was a bit of a risky choice for me. The  reviews are mixed but a few of them compared it to The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, which I did not love. Ultimately, I was pulled in by the idea of three generations of women and family dysfunction. Both of these topics endear themselves to me and taking a chance on The Inseparables won out. In short, this is a book about three women. First, there’s Henrietta, an [...]

    • Rosemary says:

      A family, the Olyphants, held together by love and a book written long ago, the Inseparables, that brought fame, fortune and embarrassment, then and now. Henrietta is dealing with her husband's sudden death and loss of income while her daughter Oona faces her own crumbling marriage to Spencer and they all cope with granddaughter Lydia's exposure on social media. Tedious at times, but i cared enough about Lydia to finish reading, at least to find out what happened to the weathervane.

    • Barbara says:

      Probably 3 1/2 stars. The story follows three generations of women as they explore their heterosexuality. Grandmother , mother and granddaughter coincidentally have several commonalities in vastly different decades. Grandmother wrote a scandalous sexuality book in the 60s and suffers great shame in modern day. The shame bleeds down to mother and granddaughter.

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