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Anna is than shy She is nearly invisible At seven terrified of school Anna retreats within the walls of her family's enormous house and builds a world For the first time in years and years I was out of the house I stood alone under the nake

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The Woman in the Wall

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  1. says:

    For the first time in years and years I was out of the house I stood alone under the naked sky with nothing but air and space between me and the huge barbarously bright sun I looked up into the sky and felt dizzy At any moment I felt I might fall of the earth I might be pulled into the greedy heat of the sun Or I might go flying off into dark eternal nothingness The water girl is looked through seeing like nothing Anna is seven years old when she disappears into the house Please don't make me go to school She disappears into a twinge of an idea and emerges from the cocoon an idea of beauty I wanted to like this book but I kind of hated it She's shy Who is she? She's shy Oh she's pretty Pretty you say? You don't say Well why didn't you say so Please say than thatShe is nothing Anna has magical abilities Her father was good with power tools so she is good at power tools She can steal her home make it hold her There is a kitchen behind their kitchen I would compare it to annoying as shit Mary Sue fantasy novel characters You know the ones with heroines who know everything can do everything and never had to try for any of it It was like an annoying as shit magical realism novel than that though The magic appears to be taken You had a guardian angel and they took care of you when you needed it Please don't grow up Don't think for yourself There will be a prince with all of the answers End of story because there is no storyAnna is pretty in the end This pissed me off Well it would be accurate to say that it annoyed me because I didn't care enough about her to be pissed off I was pissed that I wasted my time reading it when I could have read a book that had something to say She knows everything unless it is convenient for the story for her not to know it Anna never went to school Her little sister's homework is easy for her all the same Too easy She can make perfect outfits as a small child Okay Some people are talented She doesn't understand puberty despite watching her sister and her sister's friends through spy holes she fashioned in the walls Her understanding is an accent put on by a bad actor Kindl puts it on when she wants to Anna is stupid about the world only when she feels ugly No one can see her so why would it matter that she felt huge? It spoke that she wanted to be perfect or nothing at all Why was staying a tiny child perfection in the first place? She lives behind their every movement She wills herself to be so small that she falls into a handbag of the school principal I have read complaints about this as if it were the sole time that Kindl drops the accent and does the convenient magic for no reason out of nowhere It isn't Anna doesn't want to be seen so they don't see her There was a good early episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer about this A girl becomes invisible to her high school classmates Literally invisible It hurt to not matter in that story Kindl's book does not carry the same meaning because it doesn't mean anything to Anna to be seen by anyone or not seen She is meaninglessly afraid I had the feeling that she just liked being little like this woman I used to work with who envied women who were smaller than five feet tall She liked to feel little next to her Army officer husband reallyAnna's mother fears that she is insane Did she make up this other daughter her middle child? I don't understand how she could think that she imagined giving birth The eldest daughter the entitled Andrea doesn't want a little sister She practices making fun of less confident girls on Anna really Andrea isn't important to Anna though except as a source for later envy over boys It was a wasted opportunity because Anna already wasn't there The youngest Kirsty is a loving kid It was beyond annoying that Anna didn't care that Kirsty loved her and wanted her sister around The mother and youngest sister don't forget about Anna who hides from them It was the saddest for them hoping to catch a glimpse of her Their impotence is not important to Anna Where is Kindl going with this? Anna has a fantasy of being little and unseen and that's it? Why did she pretend it was about shyness when it wasn't? It would have been interesting if it were important that Anna doesn't want her family yet must want something enough to watch them in this way Why would she watch them yet will not talk to them?But no she just wanted an effing boyfriend Anna must have sensed that there was something she wanted before puberty hit and explained it to her that the only thing that mattered was being pretty and getting a boyfriend I was a woman because somewhere out there was F a manUghIt is missed when Anna steals her sister's secret correspondence from a secret admirer What happened to her womb of the house?The boy figures out who she is F and her sister find Anna and she must come out because the is going to get married to F's father Anna makes the kind of deal that depends on the belief that time will never pass enough to get there I'll be different and put myself out there tomorrow if tomorrow never comes This was believable about the inner dread and wish that you could be different Kindl understood this about shyness and then she ruined it all with the slutty Halloween costume and successfully flirting with the popular boy that popular Andrea wanted for herself A person with no human interaction at all manages this because she had the only thing that mattered Anna is pretty so it is all okay Everyone accepts her What about her denial of everyone else? Why wasn't that important? If Woman in the Wall had been worth its salt that would have been what was important She crawled through too small tunnels carried her food tray in her teeth for seven and a half years What did she want out of life other than the boy she barely knew? The book opened in what had to have been a nod to The Smith's tune 'Half a Person' She is shy and wants to tell you the story of her life Kindl dropped the accent of Oh no I'm boring you won't read this If you skipped that dull passage what I said was this Why would she write a diary in the first place? It's a big old mess I don't think that I liked that she relied on knowledge of Morrissey and shyness to relate to people to hook into her story It wasn't about shyness at all I don't know what it was If you are pretty all you need is a man? Nothing else matters? What would have happened to Anna if she wasn't pretty? Why would a little girl institutionalize herself and it wouldn't hurt to leave it hurt to live like that? Why wasn't that the story? I read another one of her books Owl in Love a few years ago I guess I didn't notice the functioning on the lust alone because the narrator had the instinctual mind and life span of an animal My sister explained to me Kindl's last book Keeping the Castle as Pretty goodness Ugh


  2. says:

    I could always relate to her in this story because she was so shy and I've always loved small places The story is about this girl going from girlhood to puberty who is so small she's practically invisible and she lives in this huge house with her family and to get out of having to go to school she crawls inside the walls and makes a home for herself in the walls Looking back on it now I understand what it symbolizes and it makes me appreciate it even I also like Owl in Love though I never finished it


  3. says:

    A person fades from view and lives their life invisible to others This is one of those premises that immediately intrigues me Displaced Person by Lee Harding is another example and that's one of the scariest and best books I've read in the last few years The Woman in the Wall is a different take on this premise It seems like of a fable of sorts At age 7 Anna is all but invisible already With a face like a glass of water she is painfully shy ignored by almost everyone and freuently misplaced by her mother and sisters She has sewing and building skills out of place for a 7 year old but I can accept that with this book's fable like theme When her mom decides that it's time for Anna to go to school Anna does not want to do this with extreme prejudice When the school psychologist visits their home and Anna falls unnoticed into the woman's purse and is almost taken away Anna decides that rather than risk being outside again she will just build herself into the walls of the home where no one can find her She lives the next 7 years scurrying about in a womblike series of rooms and passages escaping the notice of her family who eventually forgets about her But when she intercepts a secret love note intended for her attractive and popular older sister Anna is tempted to leave her burrow and rejoin the outside world Sometimes all the world's problems and dealing with humanity gets to be too much for me and I want to build myself into the wallsdisappearlive isolated on an island for 18 yearsmove into a cave in the mountains That sounds pretty good But I'm not going to do that so when I start feeling that way I'll just reread one of these books


  4. says:

    I don't know how to rate this book so I'm giving it a 3 I really want to reread it again I read it a long long time ago and I don't think I really understood it when I read it I remember feeling like I had a lot of unanswered uestions by the ending I'd really like to go back and read it again to see if I maybe get a little out of it this time and can put the haze recollections together in my mind


  5. says:

    I picked up The Woman in the Wall because it sounded like a ghost story but it's actually about a girl growing from 7 to 14 years old while having literally boarded herself up in the walls of the family home If that sounds ridiculous it is It reads like two separate books smooshed together one less promising than the other but because they blend so poorly and are such blatantly different genres I can't decide which half is worseThe first section is fantasy with a family whose husbandfather faded away from the family home until his wife was alerted that his coworkers lost him in the Library of Congress never to be seen or heard from again At first I took this as a euphemism but the same vanishing affliction is passed down to his middle daughter Anna She literally fades away when no one is paying attention to her Her mother talks to where she thinks her daughter is standing instead of where she is A school therapist comes to visit to try and calm Anna's fears of attending school and spends the entire visit talking to the youngest as though Anna is her imaginary friend Despite starting two years late the effort to send her to school is only driven by her mother's desire to prove herself sane as no one outside the home has ever seen the third daughter she speaks of Coupled with the fact that this 7 year old is responsible for all the home repairs and for making her family's entire wardrobes and that their home is so big that no one notices when Anna closes off sections of the house so she could live 'behind the walls' this is clearly actual invisibility powers within a fantasy storyBut the latter half of the novel takes pains to present itself as a reality based coming of age story with the subject again literally boarded up in the walls of the house The two other sisters grow up their mother starts seeing someone else and Anna's existence becomes folklore No one tries to look for her apart from the initial half hearted attempts back when she was 7 because they knew they'd never find her because she can literally turn invisible look I know I'm using that word a lot in this review and I've edited out even but I have to keep reminding you that these things aren't euphemisms because I think the author herself forgot When Anna is inevitably coaxed out of her cocoon and back into the real world Anna's mother now has to awkwardly explain to her new beau that she had a third daughter she'd never mentioned who'd disappeared into the walls of the house when she was 7 And the beau acts like she's insane which she is because this is clearly stupidNo one acknowledged that her 'fading out' powers were strange in the first part and it's accepted as fact by her family in this part and her future stepbrother thinks the whole fiasco is strange at first glance but immediately falls into line with the family about the whole 'recluse daughter everyone thought was dead andor imaginary' thing But Anna never fades once in the second half and her future stepfather clearly recognizes this as a set up for something He's being very careful with the crazy people during the actual explanation but the moment he gets alone this is the kind of man who'll be phoning the police Which he should because the second half of the book plays everything as straight and if you do that you have to acknowledge that the first half of the book can only be taken as euphemisms for something endangering to a child and imagined up as invisibility powers as a coping mechanism which it can't actually be because the youngest sister openly acknowledges her powers as fact in the second half It makes no sense without context and we aren't given anyThe two parts are tied together with a bizarre piece on Anna going through puberty while inside the walls and not knowing what's going on despite spying on her older sister and her friends for years And Kristy explains sex and pads to her later which is Anna has some kind of mental issues if she's locked herself in a house with three other women and she no idea what any of these things are already Believe me Anna thinking she was bleeding to death off and on for two years until Kristy started getting her periods is the least absurd part of this book that might be reserved for Anna embroidering her return letters instead of writing them like a normal person It was a waste of time reading and totally uninteresting to hear all about perfect Anna who never went to school and sneaks out at night to do her sisters' homework and was sewing ballgowns and repairing a Victorian mansion with power tools at age 7 and grew up so sexy that none of Andrea's boyfriends can stop mooning over her and is really super shy despite showing no signs of it in the later half and has mood swings and changes in personality so dramatic that they go way beyond typical teenage ness and lack of social skills and could reasonably be explained by a mental disorderAnna's limited character really takes a nosedive when she starts finding the hidden letters The boy who has a crush on her older sister and believes the letters are going to her writes that he loves her And suddenly Anna's life has meaning A boy says he loves her surely she was created for no purpose but to love him back I'm not exaggerating that's how suddenly terrible the thought process becomes I was a woman because somewhere out there was F a manPatrice Kindl The Woman in the Wall p60You're fourteen pull yourself togetherTHE VERDICT? There are way too many disconnects in this book for it to be any good Anna wants to be seen but she closes herself in the walls literally She wants to be heard but she does whatever she's told without uestion and doesn't speak up Her mother accuses her of making her look crazy to the school therapist when she'd been taking advantage of her daughter's skills and keeping her out of school for two years and only wanted her to start classes so the neighbors wouldn't think she was lying about having a third daughter There's nothing to be gained from the power to fade and no lessons to be learned from it it just is The two sections of the book are distinctly different realities with a clumsy puberty storyline connecting themAnna's personality flip flops between uninteresting and offensively foolish Her motivations are nonexistent The setting of the house was uninteresting and we never get beyond it The change in tone ruined what could have unfolded to a nice fantasy world About the only good thing was the future stepfather whose firm grasp of reality helped clarify everything around him as a bad joke


  6. says:

    A girl named Anna Kindl must like A names the goose girl's name is Alexandria Aurora Fortunato is so shy that she literally disappears into the background Even her family has a hard time seeing her When she is told she will have to go to school she is so scared that she builds a space for herself in the walls apparently she is an exceptional homemaker and handyman and is able to make uite a home for herself in the walls and hides there until her family starts to think she isn't even there any Eventually she makes a friend with someone on the outside and decides to come out of hiding to divert a crises happening in her home Enjoying this book reuires some suspension of disbelief but I had no problems there and I did enjoy it It is certainly a uniue book


  7. says:

    2019 Anna is a tiny tiny girl So tiny you might not even see her even if you were looking straight at her She likes it that way She's dreadfully shy so being nearly invisible is perfect for her Because she is scared of the outside world and being forced into it she designs her own little safe place a place inside of the walls of her own home It's an interesting story about shyness becoming a woman and finding out that new experiences may not be so bad after all


  8. says:

    Anna is the middle child in her family but people have trouble seeing her She’s about 7 years old when the story begins and her mother is trying to get her to go to school Everyone outside of their family believes that Anna’s mother is crazy because no one outside of their family has ever seen Anna The thought of school and a traumatic visit from a school official has Anna running scared She’s always been very handy so she begins to construct secret rooms and passageways hidden within their huge Victorian home Once her inner world is complete Anna rarely ventures out into the rest of the house She stays hidden in this place for another 7 years and by that time even her family has begun to suspect that they imagined her Anna’s older sister Andrea has become a beautiful young woman whose company is widely sought after by girls and boys alike One of these young male followers F leaves Andrea a note inside the wall one day addressed only to A Anna believes it is for her and she responds Their correspondence grows until one day F discovers Anna’s inner sanctum He brings Kristy Anna’s younger sister into their confidence and together they plan to reintroduce Anna to the world It seems that during her 7 years of hiding she has become visible Anna’s mother has also decided to marry F’s father Mr Albright and Mr Albright wants to take them all to Chicago That too means that Anna will eventually have to come outThey decide she will make her debut on the night of Andrea’s Halloween party Everyone is dressed up and Anna comes dressed as a luna moth She dances with Andrea’s boyfriend causes a huge ruckus and is eventually reunited with her family – who are thrilled that they can finally see her This is just one of the strangest books I’ve ever read You just have to accept that Anna’s practically invisible and that she’s the most capable 7 year old ever – who can sew and fix anything with professional skill But I loved the idea of her building her own inner world and being this fey creature in her family’s home who does these kind things for them almost like the elvesfairies in the shoemaker story


  9. says:

    Child me loved this Adult me is super weirded out What kind of seven year old elf child is somehow a master builder strong enough to move armchairs through secret passages with ease and is still tiny enough to fall into and get lost within a hapless social worker's purse? And when she becomes a teenager a strange guy's cryptic affection somehow magically cures her of severe agoraphobia? Like sure she'll build a series of small passages within her family home to avoid all human interaction for SEVEN YEARS Her family FORGETS THAT SHE EXISTS And then suddenly within the span of 24 hours she becomes a regularly functioning teenager in a very normal family with no need for therapy? Honestly my biggest grievance is how her whole self is invisible until she finds a letter intended for her sister from a dudebro™ who turns out to be her almost stepbrother and she's all like wow a man if he's a man I am therefore a woman and my life has purpose now and it's all just a bit too vomit y for me I remember reading this as a kid and loving the secret passages but man this was so gross to reread as an adult


  10. says:

    One of the greatest books ever This girl is so pale and shy that some people can't even see her When things start changing in her family she reacts by living in the walls of her Victorian era home becoming a sort of good spirit for the rest of the family


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