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[PDF / Epub] ☆ Adjustments ✩ Will Willingham – Submityoursite.info I appreciated both the sense of humor and gravity of emotional depth I also enjoyed the behind the scenes perspective into the wild world of insurance adjusting I had no idea For me, this book offered an insightful and empathy inducing look into the variety of ways people treat those in vulnerable situations and how that plays out for them I d like to read another book by Will Willingham. By Turns Thoughtful And Hilarious Even, Inexplicably, Both At The Same Time , This Deeply Midwestern Book Quietly Unfolds A Vision For How To Navigate In A World Where We Can T Always Resolve Things.It Begins With An Old Man S Call To The Insurance Company To Get A Minor House Repair Covered Once The Adjuster Shows Up, A Journey Both Tender And Tough Is Set In Motion These Men Need Each Other In Ways It Will Take Time To Discover.To Complicate Matters, The Adjuster Also Needs And Is Needed By His Aged Landlady Pearl Jenkins Theirs Is A Friendship Both Fraught And Kind.When The Latest Outsider From Minneapolis Shows Up To This Small Dakotan Town, With Her Non Approved Hybrid Car Parked Right Across From Pearl S House, The Cast Of Characters Is Almost Complete Just Add The Generous Appearance Of Colorful Minor Characters The Adjuster Works With And Serves In His Work None Of Whom, Arguably, Are Truly Minor And You Re Holding A Delightfully Satisfying Book That, While It Has You Laughing, Manages To Quietly Delve Into The Ways We Bring People In And Shut Them Out On The Job, In The Town, Or At The Threshold Of Our Hearts.As Much As The Characters Have A Relationship With Poetry And Story And They Do , It Is Also A Profound Book About Naming Both The Things That Have Held Us Back And The Things We Want, To Move Us Forward A Book About Choosing Life. I don t comment on a novel very often, but I have to say that this is a great read There is depth to the characters and story The author s experience in the insurance business gives a unique and special flavor to his first novel Congratulations Will Will Phillips is an insurance adjustor, working in the plains, hills, and valleys of South Dakota He lives in a room of what was once a mansion but is nowof a boarding house He has a give and take relationship with his 70 landlady, Pearl Jenkins, who is part friend, part mother, part judge, part advisor, and full time matchmaker who usually cheats at cards So far, Will has resisted the matchmaking and gone along with the card cheating.Will s work, like most work, involves a daily samen Will Phillips is an insurance adjustor, working in the plains, hills, and valleys of South Dakota He lives in a room of what was once a mansion but is nowof a boarding house He has a give and take relationship with his 70 landlady, Pearl Jenkins, who is part friend, part mother, part judge, part advisor, and full time matchmaker who usually cheats at cards So far, Will has resisted the matchmaking and gone along with the card cheating.Will s work, like most work, involves a daily sameness After a few years, insurance claims become similar A fire is a fire, and Will can usually sniff out when it was accidental and when it isn t Same thing for a stolen truck even doctors are known to report a truck stolen when it s time for a replacement Will investigates a fire claim the house is owned by a man unmarried to the woman and her children living with him Will knows how this will end the house will be replaced or rebuilt, the man will get a new girlfriend, and the woman will find herself and her kids homeless It says something about Will that, even as he sees the sameness, it doesn t numb him to people s anguish and pain It may be that Will is still dealing with his own, even as he masks it from himself That mask begins to fall when he investigates a claim by Joe Murphy, a 73 year old widower originally from Chicago Joe and his wife had moved to the area when Joe retired from the fire department in Chicago his wife had grown up in the area and wanted to go back After her death, he stayed, and Joe senses something in Will that needs to be reached Hoe begins to try to reach whatever it is in Will through literature and music.Landlady Pearl already knows this about Will, too it s why she keeps at her matchmaking Her latest project to match Will to the new woman in town Cameron Julian, who s moved in across the street Will, however, keeps slipping away from everyone s grasp, or trying to He s still bearing the scars, figurative and literal, from a woman from long ago It s why he left Chicago, where he grew up, and moved to South Dakota It s why he resists relationships Will has trapped himself in his past Adjustments by Will Willingham is the story of Will Phillips It is filled with humor and poignancy, insight and emotion The reader sees into the soul of an inherently decent man who knows he s broken and has found a way to live with that, until he can t The novel has wonderfully memorable characters Pearl Jenkins is an original that s immediately recognizable some of the funniest moments in the book revolve around her Joe Murphy is a wise, literate uncle he reminds me so much of the uncle who introduced me to writers like James Michener that I almost thought the author must have known my uncle, too Even the unseen but fully experienced presence of Barbara Roberts, the reason Will left Chicago, is drawn so well that she s familiar, too many of us have had a Barbara Roberts in our lives.This is the author s first novel, and it s a profoundly beautiful one Willingham is an editor at Tweetspeak Poetry, and so it s no surprise to find discussions about poets and poems like Endymion by John Keats and fairy tales like the wild swans in the novel Even the name of Cameron Julian is a likely tribute to Julia Cameron, whose book The Artist s Way has been featured at Tweetspeak Willingham is also an insurance adjustor and lives many of the stories that Will Phillips can tell Adjustments isthan a good novel it is a fine novel It is, simultaneously, moving and real and surprising and true We see ourselves and our personal histories in Will Phillips, Joe Murphy, and Pearl Jenkins Like Will, we bear scars In Joe, Pearl, and Cameron, we experience offered hope This is a story about what matters, and it s told beautifully well This book commanded a slow, thoughtful read to absorb the nuances of this skilled author s work On the surface level, Will s story is somewhat mundane, if not comical, in his life as an insurance adjuster All the characters around him providedrama than he d care for But on a deeper level, Will s journey is fraught with conflicted internal dialogue that moves his story through a fantastic transformation Loved these characters and the community they create This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here On the surface, this is a novel about the conversations of an insurance adjuster in a small town Above all, Willingham is a master at dialogue I could hear the characters voices and see the movements of their bodies so clearly, while they were speaking, that I may as well have been watching a movie.It was what protagonist Will didn t say, or couldn t or wouldn t, that drove me a little crazy and set this novel apart from, say, one of Stewart O Nan s Adjustments is quiet, but the reader can f On the surface, this is a novel about the conversations of an insurance adjuster in a small town Above all, Willingham is a master at dialogue I could hear the characters voices and see the movements of their bodies so clearly, while they were speaking, that I may as well have been watching a movie.It was what protagonist Will didn t say, or couldn t or wouldn t, that drove me a little crazy and set this novel apart from, say, one of Stewart O Nan s Adjustments is quiet, but the reader can feel the tension of Will s untold story, and it s a whopper It s enough to make of Will a 45 year old virgin and a 12 year tenant in the one sad room of a stately home in the middle of nowhere At the outset of the novel, he has no familial contact of which we re aware, and the only people with whom he s been interacting regularly are 1 his elderly landlord and 2 his business partner He s been avoiding even an old friend 1.5 hours away.So things start to fold open like a swan wing for Will, but he s clearly not a guy who moves quickly By the end, I was pretty sure he was on a path to a different kind of life, but he hadn t arrived, yet, or told me his secrets unless I count the arm wing, which is scratching the surface there are hints of so much.The brilliance of the book is that, even as it frustrated me and talked me to death at points, it changed meor at least made me want to change It made me want to be less Margery Burnett andJoe Murphy It made me want to bepatient in winning over the Wills of the world because even if they never tell me their stories they understand so many deep and lovely things Inside of Adjustments is a good book waiting to get out Will Phillips is an insurance adjuster in South Dakota who deeply resents his GPS who has nicknamed Barbara He purposefully ignores her and often gets lost He is an interesting and entertaining character and I greatly enjoyed many of his side adventures Will seems to be haunted by the past and has trouble moving forward.The book contains an interesting and well developed cast of characters While this could have been a meaningful and en Inside of Adjustments is a good book waiting to get out Will Phillips is an insurance adjuster in South Dakota who deeply resents his GPS who has nicknamed Barbara He purposefully ignores her and often gets lost He is an interesting and entertaining character and I greatly enjoyed many of his side adventures Will seems to be haunted by the past and has trouble moving forward.The book contains an interesting and well developed cast of characters While this could have been a meaningful and enlightening novel it was bogged down by too many, too lengthy scenes which descend from amusing to tiresome and the same can be said of some of the characters.The final back story which remained much of a mystery throughout the book could have been better formulated and conceptualized It was a sad fizzle at the end.I enjoyed my trips traipsing around the hills and dells of South Dakota, but I was ready to cut my trip short This is an excellent book, and is surprisingly detailed for a first time author There isn t a lot that happens it is, instead, about the characters Willingham does a wonderful job of creating interest in the characters and a desire to find out how things turn out for them I enjoyed this book. I bought both the hard copy because paper is my favorite and then the Kindle version as well because there I was reading on my phone when I couldn t sleep at 3 a.m and then traveling in a car at night Once started while I was crafting for my daughter s wedding , I couldn t stop.If you just want a good read, read this.If you want to absorb some good writing skills to apply to your own words, read this.The book is filled with details from the first page They inserted me right into the settin I bought both the hard copy because paper is my favorite and then the Kindle version as well because there I was reading on my phone when I couldn t sleep at 3 a.m and then traveling in a car at night Once started while I was crafting for my daughter s wedding , I couldn t stop.If you just want a good read, read this.If you want to absorb some good writing skills to apply to your own words, read this.The book is filled with details from the first page They inserted me right into the setting and helped me feel like I really knew the characters I took note of colorful phrases and metaphors Will tells some great mini stories that made me wonder how much was actually based on the author s real life experiences There s even poetry And wisdom And community I rode an emotional rollercoaster throughout feeling first pensive and then laughing hysterically.Will Phillips is a kind hearted insurance claims adjuster with a pained past He lives in a small town in South Dakota where he rents a second floor room from Pearl Jenkins, a pool hustling older lady, a mix of mother and manipulator and matchmaker Most of the scenes that made me laugh involved her There s Cameron Julian, the pretty woman across the street, and Joe Murphy, a retired Chicago firefighter We meet Joe on the first page when Will responds to an insurance claim and wonders what does an old man need with a pair of roller skates that hang over a dusty church kneeler just inside the front door There s a lot of physical dust in that house It turns out all the characters, especially Will, carry some kind of dust, and they all need something They also need each other Oh, there s also Barbara, Will s bossy GPS named after.Will may do insurance adjusting, but there s a lot of adjusting happening in this book within each character and I think within myself as well This was one of my favorite reads of the year

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