Stiltsville by Susanna Daniels – Book Thoughts

Stiltsville by Susanna Daniels
Published by Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins

“Stiltsville” is, primarily the story of a marriage, of a family. The Ellerbys, Frances and Dennis, deal with family, temptation, parenting, and financial issues. What makes “Stiltsville” stand out from every other character-driven novel about marriages is its setting. The title refers to the stilt houses in the Bay of Biscune in Miami, where the Ellerbys have a share in a house.

So, to be completely honest, I have not finished “Stiltsville” yet. This has must been a bad couple of weeks for reading. However, since this is a book I have from TLC for a tour, and since my Chicago Author Month starts tomorrow so I can’t really reschedule this, I’m just going to give you some of my thoughts thus far.

Daniels is a strong writer, and this novel is definitely well crafted – which is good, since she spent 10 years writing it. Frances, the main character is well-developed, and I loved the opening scene of the novel, in which Frances and Dennis meet.

Another thing I think that Daniels does particularly well is the passage of time. We went from the birth of Dennis and Frances’ daughter Margo through her departure for college in about 100 pages, but I never felt that Daniels was either rushing or drawing out the story. She chose key points in Margo’s childhood that shined a light effectively on both her character and those of her parents.

So far this is a highly competent first novel, in which everything, down to the characters’ smallest actions, is eminently believable. Please see some of the other reviews from this tour for more formal reviews of this book.

Buy this book from:
Powells.*
A local independent bookstore via Indiebound.*
Amazon.*

I read this book as part of a TLC Book Tour.  Check out some of the other tour hosts for more reviews.  Links go to the host’s site, not to their specific review.

Monday, September 13th:  Joyfully Retired

Wednesday, September 15th:  Simply Stacie

Friday, September 17th:  Reading at the Beach

Monday, September 20th:  Books and Cooks

Wednesday, September 22nd:  Raging Bibliomania

Thursday, September 23rd:  Bermuda Onion

Monday, September 27th:  The Book Faery Reviews

Tuesday, September 28th:  Book Club Classics!

Wednesday, September 29th:  My Random Acts of Reading

Thursday, September 30th:  Devourer of Books

Monday, October 4th:  Pudgy Penguin Perusals

Wednesday, October 6th:  A Bookish Way of Life

Thursday, October 7th:  Luxury Reading

Monday, October 11th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage

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6 comments to Stiltsville by Susanna Daniels – Book Thoughts

  • I loved this book! I don’t want to give too much away, but I think it really struck a chord with me because of where my parents are in their life right now.

  • Kathy and Zibilee both had good reviews of this book. I saw it at SIBA and almost grabbed it. (Plus it takes place in Florida!)

  • Ahhhh sorry you weren’t able to finish it in time for your tour date but am glad you’re enjoying it so far. Thanks for being on the tour, Jen. We appreciate it.

  • P

    I loved this book more than I can say…I cried and cried during a certain part of it…I don’t want to spoil it for you but I also cried in Hunger Games so it could just be me…

  • I hope you ended up enjoyed this one. I’ve heard good things about it!

  • I highly recommend this book. I don’t want to give away the ending but it will keep you reading to the last page. Definitely a thought provoking book that I’m sure most of us can relate to.