I'm obviously the odd person out, but I truly can't see what others saw in this. I don't mind long books -- love them, in fact -- and I like Stephen King and time travel and the era of late 50s to early 60s in the U.S...what could go wrong? Well, to me, this book was bloated. The story underneath all the over-explaining is pretty good, so it was shame to handicap it with such heft. And the repetition! Goodness, at one point I considered starting a tally of the number of times I heard, "the past is obdurate." I get it! I get it!
This one was a miss for me.
I listened to this after hearing a radio review compare it to Jane Eyre and though the stories aren't similar per se, I was not disappointed. It was if the story were going to explode at certain points there were so many people straining to be polite and NOT saying what was on their minds. A great listen.
I've loved Quindlen's writing but she came off a bit self-satisfied here. Even when she's "criticizing" herself, she seems to be doing so in a way designed to remind us of how important she is, how much better than the rest of us. So surprising to me given that her other stuff always seemed so human.
To be fair, I only made it about 1/3 of the way in -- there's a description of other couples at a party that was the last straw, poor sniping unhappy stooges! -- so maybe it got better. Maybe it was her own flat reading of it. Hard to say, but I do not recommend. Obviously plenty of others do, so I must be missing something here!
A unique tale almost deceptively simple in its telling. This was a terrific book.
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