Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors. Her characters are comfortable, quirky, and people I want to know. I wish she had saved a few for Dinner at the Homesick Resturant. Try as I might, I couldn't build a bond or sympathize with any of the characters. If they were not slow or dim-witted, they were mean and disagreeable. I finished it just in case it changed but ended up disappointed with an unsurprising somewhat maudlin wrap up. I will read her again but can't get excited about Homesick.
The story provides great insight into the trials and tribulations encountered by US infantry in the less publicized side of the European Theater of Operations. It highlights the fact the US involvement did not start with D-Day. Fred Sanders does a great job of providing color to the story and the various voices he uses help support the story without becoming a "performance".
I did not feel the story was well balanced in its presentation of General Felix Sparks. It read a bit like a "puff" piece.
I am a HUGE Harlan Coben fan. He is one of my favorite writers. But, I guess when the preface from the author says that they thought about rewriting an early novel, we should listen to them. This story has an overly complicated plot populated with lobotomized characters. It is narrated by one of the most condescending, smirking voices I have ever heard. Scott Brick took a mediocre story and made it unbearable.
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