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I bought this because I am a fan of Heather Henderson's narration. I first encountered her listening to "Brain on Fire," a great book which is being made into a film starting Dakota Fanning, and I also really enjoyed Heather reading "The Curve of Time" (another fantastic memoir). So, when I saw this on sale, I grabbed it. I am so glad I did!
This is a whimsical and quitely wise slice-of-life type romance. Maryanne, childless and entering her 50s, is not your typical heroine. She is not pinning after children she will not have, and when her long-term relationship ends, it's not a drama filled event, and it "feels" very real, like the kind of thing that can happen, does happen, to some couples. On top of that, her father's health is failing.
Maryanne isn't unaffected by these losses, and her reaction seemed to me to be psychologically true. I could relate to her desire to slow down and shut out everything - her quiet grieving process and the way events naturally lead to change. And I appreciated how the author tied in the wisdom of the IChing, using it as a framing device for Maryanne's moments of wisdom infused with life humor. Some might object to the quirky "pet whisperer" aspects of this book - where Maryanne discovers she can "hear" pet's thoughts, but I found it charming and put to good comic effect.
Heather's voice is perfect for this thoughtful, funny book. And if you love animals, well, you can't go wrong giving this a listen.
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This story is organized around the principles/theorems of the iChing. And in my point of view, that's where the interest begins and ends. If you like books that are all about everything working out perfectly, a woman ending up with a new man while her old man helicopters in to get her back, a woman who succeeds in business with everything she touches, has symmetry in all aspects of her life, hits home runs all around, then this is a book for you. She's so successful at everything it's hard not to hate her. If, on the other hand, you want a story that has real people dealing with real issues and not necessarily winning all the time, then I suggest you look elsewhere.This book is, though, on the most superficial level, entertaining and quite hilarious at times, especially the insights made by the animals.
This is also another book with RECIPES - what is this all about lately? - dividing the chapters, and not only recipes but cloying and annoying...POETRY!!!
So, buyer beware. If you're desperate for entertainment and for something to read at the beach, then by all means step up and pay up. If you want something with a little more meat, with a protagonist who won't precipitate any envy on your part, especially in this economy, I'd shop around a bit more.
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