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I've read hard copy of The Age of Grief at least three times. I wanted to revisit the novella and chose to listen to it, as an Audible book, this time. "Best" is a subjective term. Designating something as best is as much a matter of taste as it is an analysis of the craft of any given story. Still, with that in mind, I have to say that The Age of Grief is the best novella I have ever read.
Would you try another book from Jane Smiley and/or the narrators?
I read Smiley's MOO and loved it, which is why I thought I'd enjoy Smiley again. GRIEF was a disappointment to me, though it had moments of brilliance.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Dialogue, inner thoughts. Endings.
Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Age of Grief?
Way too much repetition of dentists' kids bratty antics and stomach flu -- way, way, way too much information as they say.