The Middle Ground

The Middle Ground

Zoe Whittall / Jun 19, 2019

The Middle Ground Missy Turner thinks of herself as the most ordinary woman in the world She has a lot to be thankful for a great kid a loving husband a job she enjoys and the security of living in the small town whe

  • Title: The Middle Ground
  • Author: Zoe Whittall
  • ISBN: 9781554692880
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • Missy Turner thinks of herself as the most ordinary woman in the world She has a lot to be thankful for a great kid, a loving husband, a job she enjoys and the security of living in the small town where she was born Then one day everything gets turned upside down she loses her job, catches her husband making out with the neighbor and is briefly taken hostage by a youngMissy Turner thinks of herself as the most ordinary woman in the world She has a lot to be thankful for a great kid, a loving husband, a job she enjoys and the security of living in the small town where she was born Then one day everything gets turned upside down she loses her job, catches her husband making out with the neighbor and is briefly taken hostage by a young man who robs the local cafe With her world rapidly falling apart, Missy finds herself questioning the certainties she s lived with her whole life.

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    About "Zoe Whittall"

      • Zoe Whittall

        Zoe Whittall s latest novel, The Best Kind of People, spent 26 consecutive weeks on the Globe bestseller list, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, was Indigo Best Book of the Year, Heather s Pick, Globe and Mail Best Book, Toronto Life Best Book of 2016, Walrus Magazine Best Book of 2016 The film TV rights have been optioned by Sarah Polley who will write and direct She has two previous novels and three collections of poetry, and has written for the televisions shows Degrassi, Schitt s Creek, and The Baroness Von Sketch Show She won the KM Hunter award for literature, and a Lamda Literary award for her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible Her debut, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of the top ten novels of the decade by CBC Canada Reads, and one of the Best Books of 2007 by The Globe and Mail and Quill Quire magazine She has published three books of poetry, Precordial Thump, exile, 08 The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life McGilligan Books, 01 and The Emily Valentine Poems Snare Books, 06 The Globe and Mail called her the cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life affirming, elegant, scruffy, no holds barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler She was born in South Durham, Quebec, resided in Montreal during the early 1990s and has lived in Toronto since 1997.


    449 Comments

    1. It troubles me that this book is being given such an overall low rating. It's intended for adults who read at very entry-level reading levels, so to speak; the average reader is likely to be bored by it, to some extent. Newsflash to adults at an average-to-high reading level: THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU! If you're a Whittall fan and you're thinking of picking this up because you liked her books about queer twentysomething-dom, skip this one. If you're expecting that here, you will be disappointed. [...]


    2. I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read The Middle Ground. The Middle Ground is a Rapid Read. I was able to complete the book in an hour. It is more of a novella or short story than a novel. Missy Turner is a 33 year old mom to a teenage boy, married to her high school sweetheart. Pregnancy forced the marriage. Missy is fairly content with her life, when one day, she loses her job, finds her husband cheating with the neighbor and is in a café when a robber [...]


    3. It was a short book, you understand the relevance of the title once you are halfway through the book. Missy Turner is happy with her life, when suddenly everything falls apart. She loses her job, her husband is sleeping with someone else and is held hostage by a robber at a Cafe. I felt the story was incomplete. It kind of finished too fast. The ending has left me confused


    4. So I dove back into the reading pool (after a bad experience with a prior novel) with this short piece. I should have known that I wouldn't love it, since I didn't find Whittall's other novels to be overly amazing; however, I didn't expect that I would not like it as much as I did. It was silly and trite and obnoxious in a way that almost makes me reduce the rating even as I write this.


    5. I was drawn to the main character (Missy) because she seemed to be in a similar place in life as me (age, name, ect.) the start was an anything-that-can-go-wrong-will day. And who hasn’t had one of those? I kept reading because the author drops just enough hints to keep the suspense built, and to keep you reading. I wanted answers! It was a short book (which I loved. A nice break from some longer, more intense reads). It could be easily read in one sitting, or the short chapters would be good [...]


    6. This is a short, light novel which is listed as adult fiction, ages 16+, and seemed to be written more for the young adult set. The plot was interesting with a few twists that kept me wanting more. The protagonist, Missy, felt she was living the perfect life when one day everything went wrong. I asked myself several times what I would do in a similar situation when Missy was faced with difficult choices. I doubt that I would make the decisions she made but unless you have been faced with such de [...]


    7. I read this book for a honest review for Orca Book Publisher. This book kept my attention, just enough chapters you could read while you wait @ your child's soccer practice.One day Missy comes home early after getting laid-off and finds her husband in their kitchen entertaining the neighbor lady,her life starts to spiral out of control from there.Good storyline and good secondary characters.


    8. A very quick read. Not much depth to the story or the characters. . . but can't expect much in a book that's less than 120 pages. But if you're just looking for some light, quick reading - this works.



    9. Quick, easy read. The story was interesting, if a little unbelievable.However, Missy loses her job, comes home to find her husband cheating on her with the neighbor, and is part of a robbery at a diner so who knows how you’d act under similar circumstances. If you need a light read, this would be a good one.


    10. Missy Turner is the victim of an armed robbery. She steps in to help the young barista when a man with a gun threatens her at her local coffee shop. Missy lets herself be taken hostage, gives him the keys to her car, and then lies to the police for him. She believes his story that he's just down on his luck and needs the money for his daughter. By the end of the book, we learn the truth.This really brief book has several twists and turns that keep the reader interested. The odd part, though, is [...]


    11. I really liked this. Short, simple, to the point. I enjoyed how true the characters were, although Roger's shift could have been highlighted even more if there was more sincerity in his "nice" moments with Missy. I also really liked how the narrative didn't exhaust the situation that Missy was in. It was definitely the kind of situation that someone can find herself in, any day, and the reaction and the way it was executed worked perfectly for the book. It was just enough to glimpse into someone [...]


    12. Whittall knows what great literature is suppose to do, give readers pause to consider the ‘human condition.’ And she manages to do it with this small story about Missy Turner. Readers are vaulted into Missy’s ordinary life – a good job, a great husband and a teenage son who is a great kid – but all that is ruined in one bad day, and as we follow the narrative, we share Missy’s emotions and heartache through the story. Then the man with the gun appears and a rush of chaos and confusio [...]


    13. Library Request. Hum, it was short and detached I actually think the author meant for the reader to feel what the protagonist must have been going through of that devastating day. It worked I actually was able to feel the way Missy must have been feeling, it was a profound feeling, I enjoyed this short story.


    14. This one didn't feel as coherently Whittall's style as her other novels - it felt a bit more like an exercise from a creative writing class. That doesn't make it bad of course, just not as compelling as her other work.


    15. The Middle Ground is a fast-paced thriller of just 119 pages and part of a new concept called "Rapid Reads. I think the series is a good combination of good characters and an interesting story. A quick read for a Sunday afternoon or for thosenot interested in long books. (





    16. This is a rapid reader book for adults with lower level reading skills. It was a bit different from what I expected, but once I just accepted it for what it was, it was a quick and fun read.


    17. This is part of the new Raven Reads imprint from Orca Books. It's well-written and engaging, though it could be argued that the story is somewhat incredible.


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