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Spence and Lila [Reading] ➹ Spence and Lila Author Bobbie Ann Mason – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk By the author of the novel turned movie hit In Country A spare unsentimental and deeply moving portrait of a wife and husband facing deatha tender story beautifully told Newsday By the author of the novel turned movie hit In Country A spare unsentimental and deeply moving portrait of a wife and husband facing deatha tender story beautifully told Newsday.


10 thoughts on “Spence and Lila

  1. Mmars Mmars says:

    In the hands of many writers this would have been a melodramatic tale Published in 1988, this short novel graces the reader with two characters you cannot help but love and they love each other, too Lila s health is a mess She smokes heavily and has been having dizzy spells, and then there s the lump in her breast which turns out to be cancerous She and Spence have raised three children on their Kentucky farm through frugality and hard work Spence is a WWII veteran who served on a battleshi In the hands of many writers this would have been a melodramatic tale Published in 1988, this short novel graces the reader with two characters you cannot help but love and they love each other, too Lila s health is a mess She smokes heavily and has been having dizzy spells, and then there s the lump in her breast which turns out to be cancerous She and Spence have raised three children on their Kentucky farm through frugality and hard work Spence is a WWII veteran who served on a battleship in the Pacific that blessedly did not sink As Spence tries to continue his daily life, for example figuring out where to take his VW Rabbit for the least expensive tune up, Lila, a buxom woman and proud of it, goes into her masectomy surrounded by her children and expressingconcern toward her daughters and husband properly harvesting the garden While Spence fetters, Lila pushes her way through Humor and the quirkiness of human character kept this from becoming a really, really tough read Mason absolutely nailed hospitals and cancer treatment thirty years ago Her biggest fear was of getting cobalt treatments People smoked in the waiting rooms Actually, the entire book reeks of the 80s Personally, I thought this enhanced the authenticity of the story It portrayed two individuals from the generation who birthed the baby boomers And Spence and Lila s children are just that Mason is such a marvelous writer, it s impossible not to close with a quote On the edge of the field, he Spence steps across a ridge of dirt pushed up by a tractor tire A few stray soybeans perch on the top, and the tire print beside it is dry like a scar He thinks of the furrow the doctors may cut in Lila s neck When he was looking at her things, he ran across a postcard she had written him from Savannah It showed a picture of a lighthouse When he got home from the Navy, she seemed stronger, tougher, and he felt weaker, torn apart After the Navy, Spence never wanted to travel again Home was like that lighthouse


  2. Sally Whitehead Sally Whitehead says:

    I ll hold my hands up and admit I am an absolute sucker for quirky tales of the small town American South My only previous experience of Bobbie Ann Mason was the superb In Country many many years ago.Quite simply, this is a gorgeous book A short novel, chronicling a tense, difficult time in the life of the farming Culpepper family, it manages to be moving, funny, and uplifting Quite an achievement for its slim volume.By the end of the novel the reader feels as if they have spent a lifetime I ll hold my hands up and admit I am an absolute sucker for quirky tales of the small town American South My only previous experience of Bobbie Ann Mason was the superb In Country many many years ago.Quite simply, this is a gorgeous book A short novel, chronicling a tense, difficult time in the life of the farming Culpepper family, it manages to be moving, funny, and uplifting Quite an achievement for its slim volume.By the end of the novel the reader feels as if they have spent a lifetime with the Culpeppers, even now they feel like old friends I want to stay in touch with from time to time.Mason takes a simple family with a simple story, places them lovingly under the microscope, and makes us lose ourselves in their world for a brief period And it would take a cold, hard person to come back to their own world not feeling a little emotionally elevated


  3. Vel Veeter Vel Veeter says:

    This is a small novel by Bobbie Ann Mason, for me most famous for her short story collection Shiloh That book contains a tremendously good title story, and several other very good stories Among those stories are a handful about a woman named Nancy Culpepper who is a kind of stand in figure for Mason in many of her stories Like plenty of authors before her she uses this figure to explore different elements of her own life and allows the intimacy and continuity of the character to explore those This is a small novel by Bobbie Ann Mason, for me most famous for her short story collection Shiloh That book contains a tremendously good title story, and several other very good stories Among those stories are a handful about a woman named Nancy Culpepper who is a kind of stand in figure for Mason in many of her stories Like plenty of authors before her she uses this figure to explore different elements of her own life and allows the intimacy and continuity of the character to explore those ideas John Updike s Henry Bech, Philip Roth s Nathan Zuckerman, and Alice Munro s Rose all come to mind.Here, though, we get Nancy Culpepper as a side or ancillary character The protagonists of this novel are Spence and Lila, Nancy s parents We find them in the beginning of the novel 40 years into their marriage as they drive to the city to explore treatments for Lila s recently discovered breast cancer The novel takes them to the doctor, has them discussing the news and options with their adult daughters, rediscovers or at least narrates their dedication to one another, and looks at love 40 plus years on going into old age Bobbie Ann Mason would have been about 50 at this time and so it s easy to imagine her looking at her own parents, their lives, the decisions they made in their life, as well as her future aging as she wrote this novel The novel is sweet without being saccharine, and small in a lot of ways, but touching


  4. Jan Brattain Jan Brattain says:

    I love lines like these He looks out over his place This is it This is all there is in the world it contains everything there is to know or possess, yet everywhere people are knocking their brains out trying to find something different, something better His kids all scattered, looking for it Everyone always wants a way out of something like this, but what he has here is the main thing there is just the way things grow and die, the way the sun comes up and goes down every day These are t I love lines like these He looks out over his place This is it This is all there is in the world it contains everything there is to know or possess, yet everywhere people are knocking their brains out trying to find something different, something better His kids all scattered, looking for it Everyone always wants a way out of something like this, but what he has here is the main thing there is just the way things grow and die, the way the sun comes up and goes down every day These are the facts of life They are so simple they are almost impossible to grasp It s like looking up at the stars at night, seeing them strung out like seed corn, sprinkled randomly across the sky


  5. Sarah Sarah says:

    I bought this book in the early 2000s for an English class I think I enjoy it nowthan I did at the time Especially since I ve worked in healthcare and I understand the other side of what they re going though I love how Mason captures her characters as believable well rounded people I want to read the Nancy Culpepper book next I still get that Rick Travino song in my head whenever I pick up a Bobbie Ann Mason book.


  6. Rowe Rowe says:

    I jokingly tell friends that this is a riveting tale about one woman s trip to the hospital, but it sspecial than that You get the experience of rural people going to the hospital and having complicated medical procedures performed Those aren t really described, but their experiences of them are It s a special book I didn t hate it It s not as good as LOVE LIFE by Mason, which I m reading now.


  7. Sandra Bagwell Sandra Bagwell says:

    The characters could easily be a next door neighbor or family member in Western Kentucky The romance story of a couple facing serious medical issues The love and support of family members is heartwarming.


  8. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    Wonderful novella of an enduring marriage with all of its warts and sparkle


  9. Tammy Tammy says:

    A nice Southern book full of sentiment without being heavy handed or mushy.


  10. Karla Sanchez Karla Sanchez says:

    Spence Lilaby Bobbie Ann MasonReview by Karla SanchezDo you ever wonder what it s like to really be in love That feeling you get when you see the person you really care about and you know will always be there for you no matter what like they say through thick thin Bobbie Ann Mason made me feel as if I had my own romance going on, I was able to put myself in Lila s position and I was able to imagine someone else in Spence s position, possibly Kevin Ortiz, it sounds silt it felt real.The p Spence Lilaby Bobbie Ann MasonReview by Karla SanchezDo you ever wonder what it s like to really be in love That feeling you get when you see the person you really care about and you know will always be there for you no matter what like they say through thick thin Bobbie Ann Mason made me feel as if I had my own romance going on, I was able to put myself in Lila s position and I was able to imagine someone else in Spence s position, possibly Kevin Ortiz, it sounds silt it felt real.The person that made me feel connected to was Lila I felt connected to Lila because she is a strong women who has been through so much When she was sad I would feel sad and when she was happy i would feel happy Even when she had her flashbacks I would imagine those flashbacks And they re telling me I can t eat what I m used to, I felt her sadness and disappointment because she expressed it so clearly that she couldn t eat what she wanted.Spence is Lila s husband He is one of the people who is mostly affected by the fact that Lila has breast cancer He has been through so much with her that just thinking of the fact that he may lose her really hurts him When he starts thinking of everything they went through I can feel his pain and happiness all at the same time Like for example when he was thinking in how much it hurt him seeing his wife in the hospital I felt the pain and when he was thinking of the time his kids were born I felt the happiness he had in him.Spence and Lila have children theres Lee, Nancy, Cat Their kids really care about both Spence Lila, but not much about each other Lee Cat have been having problems for a very long time and for something that isn t really a good reason As for both of them with their relationship with Nancy is good they all talk to each other like nothing.The main idea of the story would be the struggle of Lila and Spence go through with her having breast cancer It may be a tough situation for them but it also proves how strong their love for each other is In Spence Lila you will learn that true love does exist


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