Important, beautiful and moving.
Characterizations, growth (slow and real) of characters, who move the plot.
Like many of the classics, I realized as I listened that there were lines in the book that I want to remember and think about, and as I only had the Audible version, I would definitely buy the book and keep it as a treasure.
Near the top and that's saying something. I listen to many classics.
Sadie Jones writes about family here--how big it is. Who is in? How do people get left out--or maybe ejected? What happens that might enlarge our idea of family boundaries? The characters are distinctive and their attributes drive the story, as should it should be. I love the funny, dark aspect of the railway accident "blasted survivors" who are somewhere in the big old house as the family dynamic plays itself out. I kept thinking how I'd like to see this story on stage, or well-produced, on screen.
The coaxing of the pony down the stairs by all the family and the travelers, too.
Who can say Charlotte is more memorable than her neglected daughter Smudge? They are a memorable pair.
I will certainly look for other works by this writer. She doesn't skimp on character, but goes deep and real, so the story touches the reader in lasting ways.
I understand Harlan Coben is a good mystery writer. Maybe not my kind of mystery writer. I found the people silly, the plot unbelievable (except as lived out by these silly people, perhaps) and the dialogue predictable. You can poke a hole through any one of the characters by looking at him. I really wanted to find a good writer to follow, but perhaps I picked the wrong book.
The three parts of the book I downloaded are not the completion of the story as described in the summary on the site. What a let down. Otherwise, it's great.
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