Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

A Novel : With A New Preface

Book - 1999
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In this acclaimed novel that inspired the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Larry McMurtry created two unforgettable characters who won the hearts of readers and moviegoers everywhere: Aurora Greenway and her daughter Emma.

Aurora is the kind of woman who makes the whole world orbit around her, including a string of devoted suitors. Widowed and overprotective of her daughter, Aurora adapts at her own pace until life sends two enormous challenges her way: Emma's hasty marriage and subsequent battle with cancer. Terms of Endearment is the Oscar-winning story of a memorable mother and her feisty daughter and their struggle to find the courage and humor to live through life's hazards--and to love each other as never before.
Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1999
Edition: 1st Scribner paperback fiction ed
ISBN: 9780684853901
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCMURTRY
Characteristics: 410 p. ; 21 cm


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Jun 11, 2018

Having recently finished "Lonesome Dove" the lingering memory of the Oscar winning film inspired me to revisit this story and it kept me engaged throughout. Aurora Greenwood is one of the most unique characters ever developed and you can't help but think, "what a piece of work" due to her outlandish views of people and life. Shirley MacClain's characterization of Aurora in the film is SPOT ON! I'd forgotten the Jack Nicholson character from the movie wasn't present in the book, though Aurora's 3 suitors easily make up for it and then some. Larry's sense of humor permeates the story as does realization that life is to be embraced and never taken for granted. A true classic this book while written decades ago is highly recommended!

Mar 19, 2018

I loved this book. The characters were relatable and you grew to love them. They were witty and the humor in this book was great.

Jul 16, 2012

This book is really good. It's also a lot different than the movie. There is no astronaut, although there is a general. The character Vernon Dahlart is fleshed out, as is the housekeeper Rosie (and her life).

This book is mainly about Aurora, not Emma.

Apr 04, 2007

There is a sequel to Terms of Endearment.


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