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Brilliantly stretching literary conventions, Ursula Hegi, author of the best-selling Stones from the River, creates a funny and original novel within a novel to explore the doubts, decisions, and "might-have-beens" that mark not only the writing process but life itself. As her "author" and her fictional heroine deal with their intrusions into each other's lives, Hegi reveaBrilliantly stretching literary conventions, Ursula Hegi, author of the best-selling Stones from the River, creates a funny and original novel within a novel to explore the doubts, decisions, and "might-have-beens" that mark not only the writing process but life itself. As her "author" and her fictional heroine deal with their intrusions into each other's lives, Hegi reveals much about the choices women make, the ambiguities they face, and the often surprising ways reality and fiction merge....

Title : Intrusions
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ISBN : 9780684844817
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Intrusions Reviews

  • Beth
    2019-03-07 23:56

    What a refreshing, fun, original read. Although fiction, Hegi writes herself in as the main charactor, an author/mother/wife trying to find the balance she needs to be all three. While writing her novel, she is constantly being interrupted by her children, husband, the charactors in the novel, old professors, etc... Each "intrusion" pulls her in different directions and makes her think about the choices she is making. Sometimes her charactors even re-write a section as they would wish to see it.

  • Tom Schulz
    2019-02-23 04:32

    You know when you are making a sandwich and adding avocado and then tomato? Then you lay on some bacon. Lettuce looks good. Why not sprouts, pimento cheese, roasted peppers/ And you end up with this kind of shifting oozy mess but you wrangle your way through and the whole experience seems oddly satisfying?If that sounds like an appealing interlude, then read this book. Read it for the anachronisms stay for the early eighties take on feminism and life purpose. I don't even know how this book came to live on my library shelves, but we'll tuck it back in for the granddaughters to find.

  • Teresa
    2019-03-20 21:30

    This book was moderately enjoyable. Though it was somewhat repetitious and even tedious at times (those lists of different items or words!) I'd recommend it to those who are interested in the writing process, esp as it pertains to female writers who also have a family and want both, even though they feel guilty about wanting both. Though if that's what you're interested in, I'd recommend Carol Shields' Small Ceremonies over this one any day.

  • Gyoung
    2019-02-20 02:55

    This book has languished on my shelves for years, but I'm glad I pulled it out to read. How can you not like a book where the characters get huffy with the author and threaten to leave and be in another novel? A wonderful book about the anguish of a woman finding time in her life to write - and what her characters think of her writing.

  • David
    2019-02-18 23:40

    I was intrigued how Hegi managed to make metafiction seem like straightforward realism, and how integrally it tied in thematically and worked into the story line. It ended up being a much more interesting book than I imagined, and I enjoyed reading a great deal.

  • Diana Bogan
    2019-03-22 03:40

    I'm soooo glad I didn't let this book drag into the new year! The "chapters" are so short that I figured it would be a quick read when I began. I also thought it would be interesting to have the story flip back and forth between the "author" and the characters. It was for the first few chapters. But by the time the main character wanted to flee the plot, so did I. I hung in to the end but I admit to skimming the chapters, reading the first few lines, skipping sections and getting the jist. There were moments, such as how the author tied up the ending with a nod to the story's beginning, that showed the author has talent. But overall, I'm not blown away. I might, maybe consider trying another book by this author, but only if someone were to recommend the title. I did appreciate the author's writing about her guilt over choosing to write while also being a mom — I carry the same guilt and saw much of myself in those passages. And I got a kick out of a character bearing the same last name as mine — bogan not being commonly found in books I've read. :) glad I took the chance on reading this book, but it left me lukewarm.

  • phaedosia
    2019-03-10 23:42

    My response to this book the whole time I was reading it was, "Yes. Exactly." As a mother of small children, I immediately felt a kinship with both the author and the fictional family she created. Those "intrusions" are such a part of my life. I had to laugh as the author is writing her story and is constantly interrupted by her small sons, her family, her guilt, the characters themselves talking to her, etc. because just trying to finish up the last few chapters yesterday, I had to put the book down to change the baby's diaper, let the dogs in, let the puppy out, help my middle child get to the potty, take up dinner, and on and on. I loved that there were no easy answers in this book, no beginning--middle--end. Nice to know I'm not the only one who has a very clear picture of how the future should be only to be vaguely disappointed when it's not exactly like I'd planned. (How many times have I made that trek to the lighthouse. . . .)As you can tell, this book spoke to me. It's on my keeper shelf next to Anne Tyler's Breathing Lessons.

  • Virginia
    2019-03-06 04:42

    I was enchanted by this book. It's a book about writing, but takes such a unique approach. The characters and the author became increasingly entangled as the book progresses. I enjoyed being taken inside Hegi's writing process, the daily conflicts and the personal projection that takes place writing so close to home. This story interrupted by the author, is actually a story about writing a book; juggling the imagined and the real. So clever and so engaging. Loved it.Some reviews here comment that the intrusions were an interesting idea, but it became repetitive and/or could have played out as a short story. Most of these people I notice didn't stick with it, skimmed and skipped to the end. But this suggests to me that they were focused on the story of Megan and saw the authorial voice as a gimmick. If you approach the book not as the story of Megan, but as the story of Ursula, its clear that the intrusions are not a gimmick, they are the point.

  • Deirdre
    2019-03-14 03:58

    I would give this book 3.5 stars. It was really clever. The author's thoughts and life intrude on the story. Hegi's real family life, which includes 2 children, interrupts her work and appears in the pages of her story about Megan Stone. The characters take on lives of their own and intrude on Hegi's life questioning her writing and her motivations, challenging how she feels about them, her characters, and illuminating the conflicts the writer feels about balancing writing and family. The whole of the novel clearly shows that writing a good and even great book is not as easy as a non-writer would think. A book is the product of struggle. And in a "text-to-text" connection schools are so eager to inspire, I thought of Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird which gives the reader the inside skinny on writing, how hard it is and how tortured and neurotic writers are.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-11 02:57

    In the beginning... The characters were likable and the storyline was easy to relate to. I especially liked Megan, we have many of the same personality traits. Even the "intrusions" grew on me after a little bit. It was interesting to read imagined conversations between the author and the characters. I was ready to give this one five stars.Somewhere around halfway through, it all became too much. As it became more about Ursula and less about Megan and Nick, I began to lose interest. When more and more people began "intruding", I started getting irritated. But I guess that's the whole point.I did recommend this too my husband who is interested in starting to write. This is an interesting look inside the writing process.

  • Marcia
    2019-02-24 01:38

    Susan- I'm surprised you liked this book since it really jumped back and forth constantly. I think this is your copy of the book and I will return it when I can. Paula - I agree that the unique style of this book makes it interesting. You really do get an idea of how a story can intrude on an author's daily life. That would be strange to be thinking about a story all the time while trying to live and I bet it truly happens when authors are engrossed in writing. I know even as teachers, those students would intrude on our daily lives and thoughts. Many times I wanted to say- "Brandon (or whoever), get out of my head".

  • Elaine
    2019-02-23 22:50

    I really liked Stones from the River, and was happy to find this work I had not heard of by Hegi. It is a light rendition of a writer's struggle to find time to write, to separate her characters from her own life, and try to figure out how to spin a plot out of incidents and ideas. Problem is, it doesn't really go anywhere, so after a while it seems like one of those one-joke books. It's a great concept, and she's a skillful writer, but this could probably have been better executed as a short story.

  • Dara
    2019-03-20 22:57

    I read this book nearly 20 years ago, and it made an impression so I was curious what my reaction to it would be once I, like the main character, was a wife and mother trying to balance work, writing, and my family. I really enjoyed re-reading this. Funny, poignant, and clever. There were some early chapters where I felt it was a little confusing. It was written in 1980/1 and 35 years later the book still nails a lot of what its like to be a woman who is trying to have it all. Or at least most of it all.

  • Patricia
    2019-03-21 22:50

    Five stars for the clever, imaginative interactions among an author, her characters, her family, and her readers as she tries to write a book. Although it has 169 chapters, it's a short, fast summertime read!Food: Go ahead and eat some intrusive food. Intrusive food is what you can't stop thinking about after watching a cute commercial. Or, for example, if someone says "peanut butter" and "chocolate" in the same sentence, and you can't stop thinking about Reese's Peanut Butter Cups...that is intrusive food. Experience the book by eating your thoughts.

  • Ferris
    2019-03-01 01:32

    The unique structure of this novel, intrusions of the author into the characters' lives and vice versa, make this a fascinating read. A gift of insight into the process a writer goes through when developing a character, and in this case Hegi's desire for a vacation, the reverse.Hegi 's sharing of alternative character development was really enjoyable to move through. Hegi scores another hit with me. What could have been a standard plot, came alive with Hegi's innovative, honest "intrusions", and creativity.

  • UpstateNYgal
    2019-03-04 04:44

    Something about this book called to me and after a few years of working and raising my family I kept going back to the characters in Hegi's book and shaking my head knowingly. It is very difficult to describe the overall impression this book left on me, but believe me it did leave an impression.I really enjoy reading this author and had the pleasure of attending a book reading years ago in Manchester Vermont.Intrusions is a book that will creep into your subconscious and you will be ok with life's Intrusions after all.

  • Emily
    2019-02-27 23:49

    Eh, this didn't do much for me. The idea is that the author, Hegi, is writing a novel and includes all the imaginary conversations she has with her characters, interactions she has with her kids and husband, other thoughts that distract her from writing, and so on. It's an interesting idea, but it's not executed especially well. One review I read compared it to "Stranger Than Fiction" but it wasn't funny in that same way. I've read other works by Hegi and really liked them, so I know I enjoy her writing... this book just didn't do it for me.

  • Mark
    2019-02-27 23:53

    The chapters are short enough to make the book breeze by, but its breeziness can't hide the fact that its metafictional ideas are all borrowed, and the whole idea of a writer whose personal life intrudes on the story in her novel is tired and played. Something else has to happen to make that concept fresh now, but Hegi seems content to let the reader's "surprise" at the author's intrusion into her own fictional world carry the story. Hegi's later novel, Floating in My Mother's Palm, which relies less on structural gimmickry and more on organic narrative weirdness, is more satisfying.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-06 03:44

    i re-read this book again. it ended up in my to-read stack of books at home thanks to one of my kids, and i didn't realize it wasn't a new one i had picked up until i was a few pages in. it's about the author trying to write a novel while being constantly interrupted by the needs of her young children, her husband, and even the needs of the characters in her book. i sympathized a lot with her struggle to balance family with artistic endeavors. even though at the time i was doing neither, but instead just laying around reading, ignoring both family and the pile of projects on my desk.

  • Priti
    2019-03-13 03:44

    Intrusions is a novel about Megan and her dissatisfaction in a perfectly find marriage/family (what is wrong with her) with tons of "intrusions" by the author herself (about her writing decisions), descriptions of family interrupting the author, and "intrusions" of the characters themselves into the authors mind. Somewhat interesting in its description of the writing process. Still, sort of lame.

  • Julie Irick
    2019-03-22 02:53

    I was just beginning the last paragraph of Intrusions when I was interrupted and had to put it down. Ahh, funny irony.Now for the review. I enjoyed Hegi's departure from the form of a novel and her personal interactions with her characters. Many of the questions she raises about the writing life of women and the power politics of being a mother and being an artist go unanswered; I think however that the lack of answers may be the answer and perhaps that is her main objective.

  • Diana
    2019-02-23 02:29

    This was an interesting book by her. Funny because I had just watched Stranger Than Fiction- and the book reminded me a lot of it. All about the intrutions experienced while trying to write a book. She jumps from her life, to the people in the book, to the people in the book interfering in her own life. Leaves a lot to your imagination and insists it to be that way!

  • Christina
    2019-03-02 05:48

    A fluffy fictional story that is constantly interrupted by Hegi's actual life with her children and husband. No doubt the actual experience of a writer trying to juggle work with home life, but...I don't care. If one or the other story line was interesting it might have worked, but there was nothing to take away from either.

  • Darlene Foster
    2019-03-05 00:53

    A great book for all writers to read. My favourite quote, "Why am I haunted by characters who demand to be put on a blank page; characters who sit in front of this typewriter and, through an accumulation of letters, blank spaces, periods, and commas, coerce me into making sense of their imagined lives?" I can empathize.

  • Lynn Wilson
    2019-02-25 05:52

    I would have really enjoyed this book as a short story.The concept is clever, and anyone who has tried to raise small children while writing or working on a project will identify with this novel within a novel, in which the characters interact with the fictional (?) author's life. But after 30 pages it became tedious and predictable so I skimmed through to the end.

  • Laura
    2019-02-25 22:54

    It was different -- a good look into what it's like to be a writer, especially one with children. The story-within-a-story (the novel being written) is only so-so, but reading about the writing process was interesting to me. It provided me with yet another reason why I'm glad I don't have nor want children: one less distraction when I finally sit down to start writing my book.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-13 22:41

    I have read other Hegi books, and enjoyed the stories so much more. This book is a stream of consciousness told from the author's point of view (intrusions of family) and her characters, Megan and Nick Stone. There is too much mental anguish over nothing, although I will admit the construct is clever. Not my cup of tea.

  • Rosemary Goodier
    2019-02-23 21:41

    Just couldn't finish, and I never like to put down a book without a good fight. There were a few moments in the beginning that were meaningful and interesting, but then it seemed to fall into a long tedious ramble. I wanted to enjoy this, but it became painful to continue.

  • Betsy
    2019-02-18 23:47

    I really like Ursula Hegi a lot and have read (almost?) all she's written. Despite being one of my favorite authors and loyalty I feel to her, I must be honest...Intrusions was one of the worst books I ever read. Her other stuff is so, so good. Just skip this one.

  • Christie
    2019-03-01 02:35

    loved it. Just happened upon it at the libary. IT's about a writer who's married with kids and trying to balance it all - searching for a way out of guilt and into true motivation- knowing herself as well as she knows others.