"Loving Frank" is a fairly interesting read, with its themes of nascent feminism and extra-marital passion, but I found the narrator's style almost unbearably distracting. When reading Frank's dialogue, she forces her voice (normally a pleasant mid-range timbre) into a croak at the very bottom register of her vocal range, which leaves no room for emotional inflection and makes Frank sounds like a permanently petulant and monotonous boor, rather than mercurially charming, which is what I assume the author intended. It would be a very different story had the narrator used her natural voice. As it is, one cannot begin to believe that an intelligent woman like Mameh would consider breaking social taboos for such a grouchy, croaking wretch.
This book absolutely fulfilled my expectations. I'm a huge fan of Tina Fey -- I think 30 Rock is the funniest show that's ever been on TV. Her writing is wry, witty, and brisk, and her narration enhanced rather than detracted from the text. The "prayer for my daughter" alone was worth the price of the book. I cried with laughter (and I almost never laugh out loud). Great piece of writing!!
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