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Attn: Book Club haters - I'm one of you . . . and I loved this book
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
I should have hated this book. I really should have. I normally loathe "book club" books - many of them strike my cynical self as the sort of touchy-feely, everyone-comes-together-by-love-and-magic stuff where you'd really like to drill a hole and let some sap run out before you even try to read it. But I didn't hate this book. It's first recommendation was that I saw it reviewed in Daedulus and it looked interesting. So I went to Amazon and checked out the "Look Inside Me" feature.
The writing grabbed me in the first sentence and wouldn't let go through the entirety of the lengthy sample. That was all it took. I uploaded to my Kindle and could NOT put it down till I was finished. I will recommend it to friends. This is all due to the lyrical writing which kept singing in my head . . . despite the fact that this is definitely a Book Club type book and the ending brought reform to a character (Will Avery if you are looking further) in a way that was utterly unrealistic and even annoying. And I'm not talking about the magical realism - which was actually beautifully done and believable.
I can ignore that. I will ignore it. Just please, please don't send me to a Book Club to discuss symbolism or intergenerational communication or deep "meanings." And if you feel the way I do about such things, don't worry. You'll still love the book.
PS: Book Club lovers: save yourself the trouble of commenting. I know you're all nice, sincere people who keep reading alive. Good for you. Feel free to discuss the haters at your next meeting. I promise my feelings won't be hurt.