©2007 Ellen Baker; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Stuffed to bursting with stories of love, loss, revenge, obsession, emotional and physical violence, and general familial mayhem...[with] engaging characters." (Publishers Weekly)
The publisher's review does not do justice to the intricacies and depth of this novel. I loved this book on many levels. First of all, there is the humor. Descriptions of the ideal housewife of the 40s and 50s are wryly amusing, but at the same time, isn't simple goodness and striving to please an important essence of a good marriage? The dynastic tale of the Michelson family is intensely interesting. Is there truly a curse at work, or are the 3 generations we come to know so intimately, predestined to live lives shaped by their own foibles, or in some cases by their very strengths. This book is part mystery and suspense, part cautionary tale, part allegory of hope and ultimate redemption.
If you enjoy good story telling you will enjoy this book.
Can't blame the messenger. The performance was fine. The plot was not believable. Offensive story. The treatment or should I say tolerance of rape and gross alcoholism, of sexual power relationships was unforgivable. Trash. Don't waste your time.
no... an interesting premise just dragged on and on and on...o
Yes. I liked her characters to a point, and the way she expressed herself, so I will read another of her books, cautiously.
Her narrative passages were well-read, modulated, and emoted. Her dialogue was much much elss so.
No... sorry. Got halfway through the book before Dolly met JJ...
Interesting view on the lives of housewives in the first half of the 20th centurty, but whether the story or narration couldn't hold my attentio, I just don't know.
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