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This Is Where We Live: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 15, 2010
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At issue is their house that they are about to lose, and their marriage soon follows. One of them wants a regular home life and the other a life more filled with risks and spontaneity. The chapters bounce back and forth between Claudia and Jeremy and their views on what is occurring in their life. The main problem in their life is the house - to save it and then do they save their marriage? At first they are characters that you could care about, but their depth never really develops and by the end of the 316 pages it doesn't seem to matter to them or you the reader what their resolution for their existence is. They have become one dimensional and they seem immature in their connections and dealings with each other and all that surrounds them.
This was especially true about Claudia's story. Claudia loses her toehold of success in the film industry and has to get a job teaching film appreciation at a private school. Her most connected student, the daughter of a highly successful film producer, is not just difficult, she's an absolute horror. The girl has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. So rather than a fascinating gray area--does Claudia help a student who perhaps doesn't have the chops to succeed in the classroom, but has some good qualities?--the situation is completely black and white. Does Claudia sell her soul by giving a good grade to the most obnoxious student on the planet? Don't do it, Claudia!
The situation is similar with Jeremy, although it manifests itself in different ways. Jeremy, once with a successful band, is now trying to start again with a new band but also has to face the realities of an unaffordable mortgage. Again, Jeremy's character seems to only exist so he can make some horrific moral choice that can be later remedied.Read more ›
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Waiting for it to get interesting, but not anything of substancePublished 3 months ago by Maria Alfonso
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