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"...[an] impressive first novel.... her startlingly apt language relates a story that is both intelligent and gripping." (The New York Times Book Review)
Oprah's narrative was wonderful. I couldn't press the stop button on my mp3. The story carried you along and kept me captivated. Highly recommended.
Although this book is beautifully written, the content is exasperating. Remembering that this is fiction....How much is one child suppose to suffer? Each character is tragic, each situation more hideous than the next. You ache for this child from the moment you are introduced to her. Her mother is a controlling monster who won't stand for happiness and finds contentment in the suffering of her child. I could barely make myself stick with it until the end. There are far too many other worthy books to read/listen to.
The story was interesting and has the classic love/hate partental relationship. The abridgement made the story a bit scattered but I liked it. Characters are realistic, no super human fiction here.
This didn't do much for me. Oprah has some great choices and I applaude her support for reading but this book was weak.
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