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Absolutely beautiful writing, fascinating characters, unusual entertaining story.
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.
Speaking of contrived, there are far too many coincidences near the end of the book, especially in Kiwi's story line.
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 22 hours ago by T. Evans
Enjoyable, not a masterpiece, but an interesting peek into a very different life. Well written.Published 4 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 14 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 17 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 22 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 25 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 29 days ago by Matt M. Martin