Bottle Grove

Bottle Grove

A razor-sharp tale of two couples, two marriages, a bar, and a San Francisco start-up from a best-selling, award-winning novelist. This is a story about two marriages. Or is it? It begins with a wedding, held in the small San Francisco forest of Bottle Grove--bestowed by a wealthy patron for the public good, back when people did such things. Here is a cross section of lives A razor-sharp tale of two couples, two marriages, a bar, and a San Francisco start-up from a best-selling, award-winn...

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Title:Bottle Grove
Author:Daniel Handler
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Bottle Grove
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Bottle Grove Reviews

  • RJ McGill
    Mar 05, 2019
    2.5 - 2.75 Stars If you have read even one of the Lemony Snicket books, then you know Daniel Handler is a talented writer with a quirky, unique style all his own. I loved those books, and I was anxious to read this one. The story opens on Rebecca and Ben's wedding ceremony. Famil...
  • Andrienne
    Apr 13, 2019
    The story opens at a wedding at Bottle Grove?a forest in San Francisco where a conman encounters something supernatural and a penniless heiress hatches a scheme with the barman. This sardonic story is about marriages, money, and lust packed in a clever package. For fans of Andrew Sea...
  • Octopodey
    Jun 30, 2019
    This is the story of two marriages. It's also the story of a spirit, and a wood, and money, and technology, and desperation, and choices, and San Francisco. The book is well-written. It pulled me along and I couldn't stop reading. I'm at an exact right time and place - I'm closer t...
  • Claire
    Sep 23, 2019
    I love Handler, but I didn't love this. His descriptions are always good and hilarious, but this felt a little long and was hard to follow at times, mainly because, I think, it was mostly dialogue and there were quite a few characters coming in and out. ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Feb 28, 2019
    Daniel Handler has a way with words and with plots. I was glad I overlooked the other, negative reviews, and feel that part of the reason I found this so enjoyable is that living in the Bay Area and being familiar with San Francisco lends to a better understanding of what he is doing h...
  • TC
    Aug 26, 2019
    Recommended. Review posted at Tzer Island book blog: http://www.tzerisland.com/bookblog/20... ...
  • Lori
    Mar 14, 2019
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. This was a frustrating read. It opened strong and then . .. As the adage goes, if you can?t say anything nice ... ...
  • Kristine
    Mar 01, 2019
    Bottle Grove by Daniel Handler is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late February. British-style 2nd-person prattle narration and bantering of present-day, yet uncannily Capra-esque dialogue between characters who work at and are part of wedding receptions that take place in Bot...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Feb 18, 2019
    Daniel Handler (also known as Lemony Snicket) is the King of Quirky.  He can take the mundane and make it mystical or unusual.  In his capable hands, quirk can be anything, but it's almost always charming. That being said, this fictional story of two couples was just sort of "meh"...
  • Phil
    Sep 11, 2019
    Do I love Daniel Handler? Yes. Do I understand everything he does in his adult novels? Emphatically, no. But that does not keep me from enjoying them. Wry, dark, and clever, this tale of two couples in San Francisco during what I hear is referred to as the "tech boom" blends mesmerizin...
  • PfromJ
    Jul 17, 2019
    3+ stars. Quirky, peculiar, and patchy at times, but oddly compelling with a great atmospheric vibe. ...
  • Laura
    Aug 30, 2019
    This book is Daniel Handler at his best for adults. I loved the meandering plot lines, and the tension built up by leaving some things to the imagination. I was particularly surprised at how much I ended up sympathizing with Padgett, arguably the main character, even though I didn't li...
  • Patricia Williams
    Jul 28, 2019
    I received this ARC from Bloomsbury Publishing and had never read this author before. The book was enjoyable although strange and different. The author is the same author who wrote the Lemony Snicket books but this was definitely an adult book. Bottle Grove was a place and a bar and ev...
  • Emma
    Mar 02, 2019
    [I was given a free digital copy through NetGalley] Upon first beginning this story, there was an intriguing pull from its dark comedy that seemed cleverly written through its satirical, ever-changing narrator, but then the story became too scattered, too over-the-top of trying to a...
  • Deandra
    Aug 05, 2019
    While the plot and writing felt a bit disjointed at certain points, I don?t think you cannot enjoy Daniel Handler?s quirky, fun, fast writing style. I just adore him. ...
  • Leslie
    Sep 11, 2019
    After reading through the beginning chapters of this book, I could not make any sense of it and stopped reading. ...
  • Samantha
    May 11, 2019
    Disappointing. I enjoyed Handler?s We Are Pirates despite the mixed reviews it received and assumed that I would similarly enjoy Bottle Grove. Unfortunately, the book is all sass and no plot, and it simply isn?t funny enough to succeed as witty banter purely for witty banter?...
  • Seema Rao
    Feb 21, 2019
    Mannered ~ Literary ~ Satirical tl:dr: Marriage can be a laugh, if you look at this a certain way. Daniel Handler, Lemony Snicket to some of you, is a strong writer. His literary gifts cannot mask the banality of the story. This book strove for a satirical, yet compelling, look ...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 06, 2019
    I love Daniel Handler's children's books, which are just brilliant. I have never read any of his adult novels before, but I did assume that his general writing style would be the same - full of clever plot twists, sharp writing, and sarcastic wit. Unfortunately, I am sorry to say that ...
  • Kayo
    Feb 18, 2019
    Just not interesting. The book seemed so forced. Not a fan. Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...
  • Holly
    May 27, 2019
    I had high hopes for this book because of the writing talents of Daniel Handler. However, I was disappointed, perhaps because the bar was set too high due to A Series of Unfortunate Events. As I read, I found myself not caring about anyone or what would ultimately happen to them. I ...
  • Nicole Neubarth
    Mar 12, 2019
    I received an ARC of Bottle Grove from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. This book...was a bit messy and at times, hard to follow. I expect quirky from the author, Daniel Handler, but this was a little more out there than his other books. I?ve thoroughly enjoyed everything...
  • Alex Simms
    Sep 21, 2019
    I?m so...confused how the same writer to have written [[[the best children?s books of all time]]] somehow lacks the imagination and clever use of language in this work ...
  • Natyca
    Sep 25, 2019
    I'm so glad I kept reading. I was having a really hard time getting into this book. Kept having to go back and reread whole paragraphs that didn't make sense but starting Chapter 3 I just kept reading to the end. The witty lines feel a bit forced at times but it's a beautiful book. Han...
  • Abigail
    Sep 03, 2019
    I enjoyed this book, more than most of Handler's works for adults. His writing is vivid and has his trademark unusual metaphors, and I found the characters engaging for the most part. I also liked its look at marriage. ...
  • Danielle
    Jul 12, 2019
    This is a story, loosely plotted, about two marriages. The question is thus: how does the wedding and subsequent marriage of one couple - at a ceremony in Bottle Grove, a wooded preserve in San Francisco bequeathed to the city long ago by renowned Bottle family - serve as the impetus f...
  • Maaya
    Jun 15, 2019
    Yesssss @ all the negative reviews. The more a Handler book is hated, the more I always end up loving it. Keep 'em coming! ...
  • Celine
    Feb 21, 2019
    Daniel Handler doesn't want to be known as Lemony Snicket anymore and I can understand why. It's been years and he has other stories to tell. I get it. In the past, however, his efforts have fallen a little flat for me. The stories are too strange or lack meaning or, if I'm being hone...
  • Andrea
    Mar 04, 2019
    I want to start off this review with the disclaimer that I am not someone who usually picks up Literary Fiction. With that being said, I would like to apologize in advance if that makes me review "invalid". The story itself, from what I understood, was about two couples and the man...
  • Delany Holcomb
    Jan 05, 2019
    While the language of this book is alluring and fun to read, I wasn't as moved by the story as I hoped to be. The introduction tapered off for me, and from there I felt a bit slighted. I do recommend this, however, to fans of Hemingway and Pancake. ...