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At times difficult, but quite rewarding...,
This review is from: The Book Borrower: A Novel (Hardcover)
This book is very, well, for lack of a better word, real. The experieces that the characters have are real. The lives they live are real. The feelings they have are real indeed. This book plumbs the depths of female to female relationships, and the result is so close to the bone that it hurts.
I won't synopsize the plot, others have done so and you can read it above as well. What I will say is that this is an illuminating book, a difficult book, a sometimes contrived book. I felt that Mattison put her finger directly on the pulse of how some women are friends and how they relate to each other. I felt she was able to express the way loss can touch us endlessly, long past when we should be "over it". I also found the manner in which she wrote the book seemed artificial at first, but the reasoning came clear as I read. It started out difficult, and got more absorbing and easier as I went along.
The long and the short of it is, this is not a mind candy potboiler beach novel, this is a book which will take attention and effort, but will reward those with illumination and feeling. If you're willing to make the effort, then buy this book, if not, pass it by.