Outside the Ordinary World eBook  Outside the

Outside the Ordinary World Sylvia Sandon is at a crossroads in her life A wife and mother of two daughters, she and her city planner husband grapple with the escalating renovation of their antique farmhouse a situation that mirrors the disarray in Sylvia s life Facing a failing marriage and a famished career as an art teacher, Sylvia finds herself suddenly powerless to the allure of Tai Rosen, the father of her most difficult art student As their passion ignites, Sylvia is forced to examine her past, and the seeds of betrayal that were sown decades earlier by her mother s secret life Eloquently written and deeply thought provoking, Ostermiller s Outside the Ordinary World crosses many years and miles from the California brushfires in the s to New England during the first half of this decade Raised Seventh Day Adventist, Sylvia must reconcile the conflicting values exhibited by her parents a mother involved in an extramarital affair and a father who was emotionally distant and abusive while coming to terms with her own disturbing role in her family s dissolution and father s tragic death While infidelity is a subject often explored in fiction, Ostermiller shines a razor sharp lens on the gray areas surrounding betrayal, the complex interplay of religion, and the powerful legacy passed down from one generation to the next At the same time, she reveals the redemptive power of the human spirit to love, transform, and forgive despite family history

About the Author: Dori Ostermiller

Dori Ostermiller was born in Los Angeles, a fifth generation Californian In her early 20 s, she abandoned her path as a pre med student to pursue an MFA in writing at the University of Massachusetts Since then, her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Roanoke Review, Alligator Juniper, Chautauqua Literary Journal and the Massachusetts Review She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist s Grant, a Walker Gibson award and a Tobias Wolf Fiction award, and is the founder of Writers in Progress, a literary arts center in Western Massachusetts Her debut novel, Outside the Ordinary World, was an Indie Next Notable book, an Ingram s Premier pick, and was long listed for both the MLA s Best Books of 201 list and the Richard and Judy bookclub in the UK Dori currently lives in Northampton, with her husband and two daughters, and is at work on her next novel.

10 thoughts on “Outside the Ordinary World

  1. says:

    I read Dori Ostermiller s novel in two sittings and I am not a particularly fast reader What made it so compelling for me has to do with the way in which Ostermiller has created a narrator whose own story, occurring in the new millenium, begins to mirror rather against her will that of her mother thirty years prior Yes, the pivotal moments in the lives of this mother and daughter do involve extramarital affairs

  2. says:

    Let me tell you why I love this book Have you noticed the current trend in fiction these days I have, I buy them for a living many of the popular ones tell good stories, andoften than not they feature protagonists who are supernatural or canine or both They are engrossing, for the length of time it takes to read them, but they lack an individual persona like a preteen who relinquishes her stunning uniqueness for the fal

  3. says:

    Outside the Ordinary World is a gripping page turner a book that grabs you from the very first pages and doesn t let go It s a book about the legacy of betrayal and there s not a single false or sanctimonious note to be found Have I mentioned it s very, very good The book is divided into two narratives the first takes place in the mid 70s when the protagonist, Sylvie, is only 12 years old Her mother is perfect , the kind of mom

  4. says:

    My roommate and I were both psychology majors She was working on a paper about infidelity and she asked me if I thought I could stay with a husband how had cheated on me My answer was instantaneous Of course not No hesitation Thewe talked, however, theI began to wonder I still doubt I could stay in a relationship with someone who had broken my trust in that way, but I eventually came to see that it wasn t black and white And you really

  5. says:

    My friend Meredith gave me this book, written by a friend of hers I have been hungry for this kind of voice in books all my life I m out of my earlier phase of only reading women writers, and I read lots of books by men again, but somehow when a contemporary woman writes deeply and honestly w o any hint of aspiring to the canonical standard I don t really know how to say it anyway I read it almost in one sitting It touches gently but surely on

  6. says:

    Beautifully written and quietly spellbinding, OUTSIDE THE ORDINARY WORLD chronicles the heartbreaking deconstruction of an American family Dori Ostermiller skillfully melds past and present through the eyes of young Sylvie who had to bear witness to her parents fallibility and adult Sylvia who has to come to terms with her own choices as a wife and mother Ostermiller s compelling debut novel is a story of love, regret, and forgiveness that will linger

  7. says:

    Dori Ostermiller s debut novel Outside the Ordinary World has already been received with high critical acclaim in the US, that, along with the beautiful cover and intriguing family drama described in the synopsis had me very excited to read this one and straight from the beginning I could see what all the fuss was about Dori s writing grips you from the start, the beautiful imagery wrapping itself around you like a blanket Despite Outside the Ordinary World b

  8. says:

    There are so many things I love about this novel Like Sylvia s separate but echoing stories of her childhood and her adulthood, which are beautifully blended and woven together And like Ostermiller s descriptions of intense moments caught in time young Sylvie s mother curled in the patch of sunlight on the rug in the empty yellow room I think the real genius of this book is the way the author captures the complexity of family life the parallel, non intersecting domes

  9. says:

    This is turning out to be a good choice given I just grabbed it at the library based on a review It follows a mother and daughter, first in the 1970s and then in present day Both are unfaithful in their marriages but somehow the book manages to be un judgmental enough that you end up able to focus on the women, their choices, lives and so on, without being entirely focused on the cheating.Just finished def worth reading The female characters are flawed and vacilate between b

  10. says:

    Loved this, will come back to post ain depth review.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back To Top