This is a must read for anyone who considers themselves well read. The book is beyond fabulous and although it takes place in the early 1900's there's nothing about the story that is dated. It is about love and loving, growth, famlies, immigration, learning and passion.
You will find yourself in every character as well as your mother, father, aunts and uncles. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn should be required reading.
The only caution is the prologue. It's a self indulgent, self congratulatory piece of goo that adds nothing to the story and may put you off of what is a spectacular piece of literature.
It was dull drivel. Sorry, I deleted it because I couldn't find a single character I cared about. When I was rooting for Anna to get caught in her web of lies, left by her lover and dumped by her girlfriends I realized that this book was a waste of time. Vapid and dull. Quite a combo.
Since I'd loved Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil I was really looking forward to listening to this book.
Perhaps it's a better read than listen.
It goes on endlessly about peripheral characters and redundantly about time lines.
What freedom when I deleted it from my ipod and excercised to someone else.
I must add though that I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator's voice. I felt like a child being read to in the evening.
With a title such as "The Same Sweet Girls" there is a certain expectation and this book meets and exceeds that. The narrator's perfect lilt kept me interested and the light and sweet story that followed a group of women for just about 40 years kept me both entertained and interested.
The Same Sweet Girls are a half dozen wonderfully detailed characters that you will come to love and perhaps side with one more than the other. I can see myself in each of the girls as well as everyone I know.
This book won't move you to greatness but the story soothes the soul and reminds you to concentrate on what is important. I felt like a child being read a story by my favorite aunt when I was listening. It's the perfect escape!
Some of it feels a bit like a package too neatly presented and in another novel that might ruin it but in this case it adds to the comfort of the book. The Same Sweet Girls delivers what it promises!
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