©2008 Karen Joy Fowler; (P)2008 Penguin
I love listening (again and again) to the point of view of the main character, Rima, as she struggles to fit in to the household of her godmother, Addison, whom she hardly knows. Addison seems somewhat intimidating at first, but gradually becomes less so as Rima discovers her fascinating past. I found myself gradually become more anxious for the young Addison than for Rima herself. Addison has become one of my literary heroes. There are also wonderful male characters that we get to know as Rima explores the connection between Addison's mystery novels and the real world.
Santa Cruz, California comes alive in both the present and the past as Rima explores the connection between an old religious colony in the Santa Cruz hills and her own family. The writing is excellent.
There are so many wonderful scenes that I couldn't possibly pick one. Every scene is packed with atmosphere, revelations, and Rima's intelligent reactions.
Addison. I'd hope some of her talent for living would rub off on me.
This is a brilliant novel. If you're looking for a romance novel, this isn't for you. If you're interested in intelligent characters, this book is for you.
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