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The Fifty-First State [Reading] ➸ The Fifty-First State Author Lisa Borders – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A fresh new voice in fiction Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of TidesAfter her father s death, Hallie Corson returns from her New York photographer s life to her south Jersey hometown to care for her A fresh new voice in fiction Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of TidesAfter her father s death, Hallie Corson returns from her New York photographer s life to her south Jersey hometown to care for her long estranged brother during his final year of high school As they learn their family s history, Josh and Hallie will invite disaster into their lives, and will learn, The Fifty-First PDF or together, to navigate its currents, keeping further losses at bayLisa Borders is the author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, winner of the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel and fiction honors in the Massachusetts Book Awards.

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • The Fifty-First State
  • Lisa Borders
  • English
  • 05 February 2017
  • 1938126203

About the Author: Lisa Borders

Lisa Borders grew up in Central and Southern New Jersey She is the author of the novel Cloud Cuckoo Land, winner of the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel and fiction honors in the Massachusetts Book Awards Lisa lives near Boston, where she teaches at Grub Street She also works as a cytotechnologist.



10 thoughts on “The Fifty-First State

  1. Jack Ferris Jack Ferris says:

    There is a lot to like about this book the subtle way it deals with class issues in New Jersey, the authenticity of its various settings and characters, the opening that sets up the the trajectory for its two protagonists but I am going to focus on how well it captures the voice and character of a teenage boy who is too sophisticated and clever for his current circumstances.About a third of the way through the book, Josh goes to a Halloween party thrown by his crush and things do not go we There is a lot to like about this book the subtle way it deals with class issues in New Jersey, the authenticity of its various settings and characters, the opening that sets up the the trajectory for its two protagonists but I am going to focus on how well it captures the voice and character of a teenage boy who is too sophisticated and clever for his current circumstances.About a third of the way through the book, Josh goes to a Halloween party thrown by his crush and things do not go well for him Eventually, he finds himself wearing a makeshift costume, the old Charlie Brown standby, a sheet with holes cut in it for eyes You make a good ghost, his crush tells him with polite approval The narration doesn t comment much further on this line it doesn t have to We know exactly what the words mean for Josh It s one of the most powerful moments in the novel.Josh should have almost everything going right for him Despite the devastating loss that he s just experienced and the difficult financial situation it forces his family to face, everyone is looking out for his best interests His principal understands his potential and wants to help him get scholarship money His sister from New York has wealthy connections who are intrigued by his academic potential His neighbors want to be father figures Intelligent, supportive, helpful young women are attracted to him Everyone is looking out for him, but he s still fading away into the role he built for himself Despite how present he is in everyone s lives, his inability to express himself, to instead say all the right things to make sure that everybody leaves him alone, turns him invisible The things that he aches for constantly disappoint him when he finally gets them Each opportunity seems just another terrifying prospect to make him lose faith in the world.I love his voice I love how real it feels when, as he ponders suicide, it s how his dog would feel about it that finally brings the reality of what he s considering crashing down on him I love how disastrous his sexual misadventures are It is very, very difficult to write a depressed, often self destructive teenage boy with sympathy, but Lisa Borders has done so.He really, really does make a good ghost

  2. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Reading this book is like falling into a densely imagined, completely real world one that I left with regret Hallie, a 30 something artist living in New York, is called back to her childhood hometown in rural, southern New Jersey after a family tragedy As Hallie forms a bond with her teenage half brother Josh, she comes to see the quiet, deep rooted beauty in the threatened coastal landscape of her childhood, and comes to terms with old resentments and family secrets While I identified with Reading this book is like falling into a densely imagined, completely real world one that I left with regret Hallie, a 30 something artist living in New York, is called back to her childhood hometown in rural, southern New Jersey after a family tragedy As Hallie forms a bond with her teenage half brother Josh, she comes to see the quiet, deep rooted beauty in the threatened coastal landscape of her childhood, and comes to terms with old resentments and family secrets While I identified with Hallie, I lost my heart to brilliant, grieving, generous Josh as he navigates his way through wrenching loss, first love, and his own coming of age as a writer The title The Fifty First State refers to a short lived South Jersey secession movement, but the novel is really about human resilience, the moments of unexpected joy and beauty that can take us from the darkest pain into a state of grace

  3. Catherine Elcik Catherine Elcik says:

    Lisa Border s tender heart is in every beautiful line of this lyrical novel Careful to preserve the surprises in the narrative, I ll just say that The Fifty First State follows 17 year old Josh and his half sister, 37 year old Hallie through their unexpected year together following a devastating accident The novel is a study in the triumph of humanity in the wake of tragedy You ll laugh and you ll cry at the reminder that life is lived in the way we choose to balance our laughter and tears W Lisa Border s tender heart is in every beautiful line of this lyrical novel Careful to preserve the surprises in the narrative, I ll just say that The Fifty First State follows 17 year old Josh and his half sister, 37 year old Hallie through their unexpected year together following a devastating accident The novel is a study in the triumph of humanity in the wake of tragedy You ll laugh and you ll cry at the reminder that life is lived in the way we choose to balance our laughter and tears When you finish reading, you ll hold the novel to your heart don t we all do that with the books that move us or is it just me , certain that this story sprang directly from the heart of the talented and warm hearted Lisa Borders

  4. Sandy Deden Sandy Deden says:

    This book grabs you from the very first lines and doesn t let go I loved the well formed characters, the great writing, and the rich details of an unfamiliar geography A very truthful and illuminating story about grief, regrets, love, anger and finding your place in the world Definitely a must read

  5. John Vanderslice John Vanderslice says:

    This is the second novel from Lisa Borders, author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, from about ten years ago At the heart of The Fifty first State south Jersey, if you didn t know is the intriguing premise of a youngish woman Hallie Corson forced to take on the role of mother to her half brother Josh the product of her father s second marriage after the boy s parents are killed in a car accident While they are on passing good terms, the sad facts are that earier in her life Hallie deeply resented h This is the second novel from Lisa Borders, author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, from about ten years ago At the heart of The Fifty first State south Jersey, if you didn t know is the intriguing premise of a youngish woman Hallie Corson forced to take on the role of mother to her half brother Josh the product of her father s second marriage after the boy s parents are killed in a car accident While they are on passing good terms, the sad facts are that earier in her life Hallie deeply resented her father s second marriage and the son that came from it And while that earlier resentment has mostly passed, she doesn t really know Josh at all, and he doesn t know her There s the additional complication that he s a senior in high school and still very much in the adolescent stage of figuring out who he is, what he loves, where he wants to go to college, and what kind of girl he d liked to become attached to Suffice to say that Josh makes some very dumb choices along the way Hallie, meanwhile, has all sorts of professional and personal issues, not the least of which is that she has no desire to settle even temporarily in south Jersey, a place she escaped from decades ago and couldn t imagine returning to now that she is comfortably ensconced in New York If this sounds like a promising premise for a realistic novel, it is And Borders handles her premise quite well, avoiding the narrative traps of too easy solutions and conveninent, predictable outcomes Througout she remains determined to work against the reader s expectations and take the novel new direcitons just when you thought you had it figured out There is so muchgoing on in the story than what I can encapsulate in this short summary It s loaded with friendships and conflicts of all sorts, and with a lot of painful baggage from the past that must be explored and understood before a new and better stasis is reached There s also the really interesting subplot of local frogs that are mutating in decidely odd even frightening ways and which suggest something is deeply askew with the local ecoysystem What starts as a minor detail one apparently derived from real world occurrences becomesimportant as the book progresses, almost integral Somehow Border is able to keep these dozens of narrative balls in the air without dropping any of them You ll read this book and admire watching an experienced fiction writer at work

  6. Patricia Patricia says:

    Wow best first line ever The Fifty First State opens with a bang Borders captures the friendship between two estranged siblings in the face of their father s death, as well as a moving portrait of a small NJ townall the while with NYC and all its possibilities glittering in the background I love stories of greater NY vis a vis the city itself, and The Fifty First State was a real pleasure to read Never thought I d hear myself say these words, butGo NJ

  7. Traci Traci says:

    I got this book from Goodread First Reads This is a novel that reads like it could be a true story The storyline and characters are believeable and it pulls you in as you go along with Hallie and Josh as they mourn the loss of their father and Josh s mother in a tragic accident and learn to live together and love each other.When Hallie Carson s father and his wife Josh s mother die in a tragic car accident, Hallie finds out she is left as Josh s guardian Josh is a senior in high school and I got this book from Goodread First Reads This is a novel that reads like it could be a true story The storyline and characters are believeable and it pulls you in as you go along with Hallie and Josh as they mourn the loss of their father and Josh s mother in a tragic accident and learn to live together and love each other.When Hallie Carson s father and his wife Josh s mother die in a tragic car accident, Hallie finds out she is left as Josh s guardian Josh is a senior in high school and has to deal with the loss of his parents and deal with not being sure what his future will become, will Hallie dump him off on someone else, will she go back to New York or will she stay while he finishes his final year of school This book takes you on the journey with them and it causes the reader to become emotionally involved with the main characters, making it impossible to put the book down I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to everyone who loves a good heartwarming novel

  8. Maura Maura says:

    Hallie Corson left her name Holly and family behind in Oyster Shell, New Jersey in South Jersey during her college days nearly twenty years ago She is a photographer in New York who didn t make it quite as far as she hoped she would, and she is single One call from her hometown changes Hallie s life utterly Her father and stepmother are killed in a car accident, and her half brother Josh seventeen is in need of a parent The novel takes place during the course of Josh s senior year Hallie Corson left her name Holly and family behind in Oyster Shell, New Jersey in South Jersey during her college days nearly twenty years ago She is a photographer in New York who didn t make it quite as far as she hoped she would, and she is single One call from her hometown changes Hallie s life utterly Her father and stepmother are killed in a car accident, and her half brother Josh seventeen is in need of a parent The novel takes place during the course of Josh s senior year of high school, and the reader watches both of these compelling characters grow up and grow together into a family Borders is a strong storyteller who tackles a story about death, grief, bereavement and new beginnings with such delicacy and beauty She has particular strength in writing realistic scenes between characters, and in describing the natural beauty of South Jersey This is an unforgettable and rich family saga which continues to reverberate long after the last word

  9. Traci Traci says:

    Lisa writes a novel that could be a true story From a horrible tragedy that takes their parents, estranged half siblings find themselves learning to love each other and to live again Hallie left South Jersey for New York and her old life behind, including her half brother Josh A tragic accident takes the lives of their parents and Hallie finds herself back in South Jersey and the legal guardian of Josh while he finishes his final year of high school Come along on the emotional ride with Hall Lisa writes a novel that could be a true story From a horrible tragedy that takes their parents, estranged half siblings find themselves learning to love each other and to live again Hallie left South Jersey for New York and her old life behind, including her half brother Josh A tragic accident takes the lives of their parents and Hallie finds herself back in South Jersey and the legal guardian of Josh while he finishes his final year of high school Come along on the emotional ride with Hallie and Josh as they learn to live, love and grow I loved this book and I look forward to readingfrom Lisa I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story you can get lost in

  10. Jessica Treadway Jessica Treadway says:

    I loved Lisa Borders The Fifty First State because of the depth of its characters, the author s command of their emotional relationships, and the authenticity not only of the dialogue, but of everything else on the page as well The novel starts with a breathtaking tragedy, and I was hooked right away by the depiction of the characters affected by that event It s a book that s not afraid to explore difficult feelings in a rich, nuanced, and poignant way that seems deceptively simple in the rea I loved Lisa Borders The Fifty First State because of the depth of its characters, the author s command of their emotional relationships, and the authenticity not only of the dialogue, but of everything else on the page as well The novel starts with a breathtaking tragedy, and I was hooked right away by the depiction of the characters affected by that event It s a book that s not afraid to explore difficult feelings in a rich, nuanced, and poignant way that seems deceptively simple in the reading, but resonates after the end I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who appreciates reading a beautifully told and affecting family story

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