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BEAUTIFULLY TOLD SURREAL STORY
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2017
This was a beautifully crafted surreal story about a woman, Sabine, after the death of her husband. Her grief was painfully realistic (I am also a widow) with so many unusual twists and turns that I couldn't put the book down: A gay husband whom she never had an intimate relationship with; her husband's lover who has predeceased him but cared so much for Sabine that he bought a cemetery plot for her so that she could be buried with them; a completely dysfunctional family from Nebraska that Sabine knew nothing about and, of course, Sabine's vivid dreams that felt like messages "from the other side." Having lived in Los Angeles, I even loved the references to beloved places like Cantor's Deli. All of these disparate elements were beautifully woven together to make a story that has endeared me to this author. This is the first of Ann Patchett's books that I have read but will now buy the rest of her works.
This is a wonderful book by a very talented author that I am happy to recommend.