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3.0 out of 5 stars A Circus of Absurdity, February 12, 2010
This review is from: Dear Strangers: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Plot: Well. We've got a family who, in the early eighties, gives up a child for adoption after another member's death. Years later, the son thinks he's tracked down his long-lost brother. There is an act of violence which changes what might have been a positive reunion, though perhaps not. Pages go by, as the victim's life hangs in the balance. There are profound musings on photography, voyeurism, image control, and how they are metaphors for the character's lives. Then it ends, but I won't give away any more spoilers. (Most of this synopsis is on the back cover.)

I agree with the other reviewer that the pacing was sluggish and it took a very long time before anything "major" happened. Yes, there are plenty of small moments captured for the reader, but I kept wondering when the story proper was going to start.

Also I personally found the long lost brother more interesting than the other characters. However, he did not turn out to have as big a role in the story as I expected.

Another reader may well love this book. It just didn't appeal to me.
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