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Despite the fact that I didn't think this book compares favorably to this writer's previous novel, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" it is still an interesting listen and highly "credit-worthy".
I disagree with the hype I've seen on some other sites that say "Kim Edwards goes to Japan" or something similar. Actually this book has little whatever to do with Japan, and that part of the world is just an entry point for the story.
I thought Edwards had a good thing going in "Memory Keeper" because of the awkward situation presented at the beginning of the novel, and the difficult dilemma that forms the spine of the narrative from that point onward. In that way this setup reminded me so much of Jodi Picoult's work or novels by Chris Bojahlian.
"The Lake of Dreams", however, has none of this going on and it feels as though the story is missing a dimension. It's all about a woman obsessed with her geneaology and relationship to a stained glass luminary from the 1920's and 30's - all of which made me sigh and say so what? Edwards even leaves out the logical hookup with two of the main players. Mixed in is the usual dysfunctional family with plenty of real estate resources and financial assets to fight about, and the pc tone of it all makes it almost sound preachy. Compare to the neutral tone of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter".
The book is extremely well-written, despite the clich?? of using a story within a story told by a package of hand-written letters - as usual, wrapped and tied by the typical ribbon bow - but overdoes it on description and could have been about half as long. The style is quite baroque and poetic, if you want to call it that, which is further compounded by the narrator's painstakingly slow reading.
I hope that Kim Edwards soon returns to her more edgy themes.
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You know how you try and try to like a book? You feel like you SHOULD like it because you like the author. Kind of like the boyfriend you want to dump but don't know how because it's hard to break up with someone simply because he's too nice and you find him utterly boring? That's how this book made me feel. 7 hours into it and I still don't care about the characters. The narrator has a lilty singsong voice that could send you into a diabetic coma with it's overdone saccharine sweetness of the dialogue. I'm breaking up with this book and downloading something else. Life is too short for bad books.
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