I am sorry to have to say this, but this book was so disappointing. I loved her first book and couldn't even finish this one. It was very slow and very boring. I would not recommend this book. Hopefully, Lisa See will come back with something better like her first book.
i love picoult's books but perhaps her prolific writing is affecting the quality. this really took the cake. the story was so mediocre; i realize the issue is important and is good fodder for a story, and i do believe those characters exist, but they were so stereotypical!!! every one a cliche! for shame. i cannot believe she would use such generalizations to form her characters. on top of all of that, the singing was just awful. i finally had to skip through all the songs. really? what was that all about? that was a terrible idea and at the very least, could you have found a less amateur singer.
One of the best books I've read this year. The reader has such a wonderful cadence, her character voices are impeccable.
This period piece brings you to an era and a culture of southern society in post-confederate Georgia, and the main character is a young girl from a priviliged family who's characters are severely flawed. Her mother is a laudinum addict and her father is an overbearing alcoholic who's choices in life overwhelm the family as a whole. Together with her sister and her nanny, they play the most determining roles for her development into adulthood.
It's interesting to watch the main character, Dahlia (the name just rolls off the tongue in the southern manner)grow up and take the different roads that twist and turn in life. Her choices are many and some, though disappointing to the reader, are surprisingly smart in order to assure her survival.
There are moments of laughter, gasps and tears throughout this book. This is a must read especially if you are a beginning listener.
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