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This is a compelling book that packs more living into twelve months than most people experience in a lifetime. The author creatively winds the story through a complex tapestry of characters and cultures while tackling the issues of age differences and the tensions between male/female priorities in life -- quite a challenge and for the most part, successfully handled. Character development is a real strength of this author and it was delight to hear all the details she chose to paint a continually evolving picture of the major characters.
Perhaps it was the strength of the character development that led to my significant disappointment with the last quarter of this novel. When faced with their biggest challenges, the protagonists that had been so deftly created to be bigger than life suddenly seemed to diminish like a deflating balloon. The rationale for their actions and their final decisions were trite and immature; the resolution to their dilemma (very predictable) seemed very out of sync with the supposed maturing of the characters. A canvas created for a spectacular climax was completely wasted on a wimpy ending.
Three-quarters of the way through I was certain this was a 5-star book and I was making a list of the people I wanted to share it with. I'll give three stars for the quality of writing, the creativity of the story and the characters that are truly brought to life. But I'd recommend reading it only three-quarters of the way and then imagining your own ending.
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Although the beginning was hard to follow, overall this was a great book. It moved along with its twists and turns of everyday life. The end could have been done with more of a plot ....... it just lagged.
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