Online Reviews - The Small Things that End the World
"Jeanette Lynes is, by turn, funny, poetic and achingly sad as she explores some familiar female roles – babysitter, mother, nurse, waitress and stripper.
None of her women (three generations of them) are big voices in the world. They are working-class women looking for a better life. While they don’t seem to be loved in the way they want to be loved by men, they are imperfectly loved by them, and in some ways saved by them, and then trapped and suffocated by them.
Their most complicated relationships are with one another, and that’s where relief and redemption seem to lie. All of Jeanette’s women are after some better version of themselves, driving them on and enabling them to live with the calamities that beset them.
The novel begins and ends with hurricanes – Hazel in Toronto in 1954 and Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. Surely a metaphor for a story of recurring disasters where it’s what we do with small things -- a branch, a boot, a cheap ring, signal our survival and out connections to one another or our ruin." - Heather B.
"Beautiful and compelling. Jeanette Lynes has a poet's voice, and she uses it to take us through the lives of three main characters through one devastating tragedy to another, via the quiet tragedies in between. I loved it." - Alice Kuipers