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I am definitely in the minority in my reaction to this novel. Too many details of minor actions made me feel as if the author was just going for more words and additional pages rather than adding anything significant to the story. I felt the same way about the many short stories that were laced throughout the book. The protagonist was so self-centered and always justifying why her feelings were the right ones that I had a difficult time relating or liking this person. The narrator, Gabra Zackman, was outstanding.
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I found this book intriguing because there are lots of stories within the story. The main story is about Joan Ashby, an author, who gets married and has two kids. Her whole life leading up to that she spoke openly about not wanting either of those things : no marriage, no kids. As someone with no kids I wanted to hear Joan’s point of view. She had them and she loved them. However, it ruined her career. Not just having the kids but the actual kids themselves ruined her career.
Anyway, lots of stories within the story. Because Joan Ashby is a writer there will be parts of the book where you read her works. Her short stories, parts of her novel. The book opens with some interviews and articles written about her. I liked this a lot. I did not like Part 3, it went on way too long. Overall it was enjoyable and I would recommend it to those who like character driven novels that move slowly without lots of action. Think John Irving or Kent Haruf.
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