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I have tried to read this book a few times but after struggling for over 50 pages, I had to put it down.
It reads like an overly long short story--the kind of short story that eschews plot and character development for description and myopic literary details.
The book really just doesn't go anywhere, I ended it with so many questions and unaddressed hopes for the family that it just annoyed me.
A bit of a disappointment especially after all the accolades. It just fell short. I agree with many of the other 3 star reviewers. It's all been said here.Published 1 day ago by T. Evans
Enjoyable, not a masterpiece, but an interesting peek into a very different life. Well written.Published 5 days ago by Laura
So overrated. The writing is rich. At times, the book is really funny. But in the end--ugh! What a terrible, contrived, silly, disappointing ending. Read morePublished 15 days ago by seamusthecat
I had heard so much about this book from a friend. I am an voracious reader and can read almost anything..not this. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Michael F. Weatherby
Please remove from pending list. I order too many books to review each. Additionally, individual's tastes differ and my opinion of a book should have no bearing on anyone elses.Published 23 days ago by C.F.Howe
Ms. Russell describes magical thinking during the majority of the book. The whole story is an exercise in magical thinking. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Laura L. Nagel
I am not at all impressed with the story line. The writing is creative, but not really good.Published 26 days ago by Cindy Woodrome
When I began reading this novel I was astonished - mesmerized - by Ms. Russell's incredible ability to twist and turn and innovate with the English language. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Mr. Bill
There are so many things Karen Russell does so well, and so many reasons why this book deserves more than three stars, that I feel like a curmudgeon for only giving it a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt M. Martin