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The Pink House

The Pink House

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Jen Johanssen is a former porn actor trying to fit into the world of academia. Her sister, Lolly Johanssen, is a cancer survivor. Nicole Parks is in prison for loving the wrong guy. And Sonya Yakowski, also in prison, is a member of a family of traveling criminals, desperately missing her young son. The lives of these four women converge in a Florida prison, where Jen and Lolly have joined forces to put on a grant-funded drama production. Despite their remarkably divergent histories, these women come together in unexpected ways, each beginning to confront and forgive her own past.
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Kevin M. Murphy
The Pink House--Both captivating and liberating.

Trish MacEnulty's The Pink House is perfectly paced and sharply realized--you feel that you are seeing the movie it will be made into rather than reading its words on the page. This novel has enough introspection to make you care about the women, enough action to make you worry about them. Its ending is a true rarity--emotionally rich and wonderfully satisfying. Its powerful themes, among them the transforming power of art, of friendship, of family--leave the reader changed. MacEnulty's characters have their own voices and stories--each is distinct as charms on a charm bracelet, with prison the common ring that binds them together. And yet The Pink House is much more than a prison novel--this is a life novel we all can relate to. MacEnulty's novel is a rich and rewarding book in so many ways--grab it!

authentic and touching

I found it hard to put down, the characters are authentic and well developed, and the novel is written in a true gri kind of way.Recommended

Bonnie Hoover Braendlin
A great read!

Trish MacEnulty writes in the tradition of the female bildungsroman, depicting the self-discovery journey of Jen Johanssen from anger and self-loathing to a new awareness of her worth as a caring person. Along the way we are introduced to other women, her ailing sister Lolly and several inmates of a women’s prison in particular. The fascinating and varied stories of their life journeys as they confront the debilitating memories of past lives and learn to live productive lives in the present make for a very entertaining and thought-provoking read. Buy it for yourself, give it as a gift, introduce it to your book club. You’ll be glad you did!

Mark Schultz
I really enjoyed this story!

This is a wonderful story. These women, from such diverse backgrounds, come across as very tangible. Using the vehicle of a memoir, their different stories converge in a Florida women’s prison.The author does a marvelous job of depicting each of the women as a unique individual with their own ambitions and desires. She makes effective use of accents and colloquialisms to differentiate the characters from each other.Much of the book is set in the prison and those descriptions are vivid without being overdone. The dialogue and action all propel the story forward at a very nice pace.I award 4.9 stars to “The Pink House”.

Patti Wood
edgy and just plain marvelous MacEnulty's Pink House has dialogue that percolates up and hits to ...

Sharp, edgy and just plain marvelous MacEnulty's Pink House has dialogue that percolates up and hits to you heart like the first cup of Joe in the morning and keeps up through the night like a late night chocolate dessert. You love and root for these women. You want them to move and grow and change and MacEnulty satisfies! If you are saying, "But I don't want to read about woman an prison, I want a happy book." read this book and enjoy a book that moves you to all your different emotions.