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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very little middle ground in the reviews., May 22, 2009
This review is from: A Short History of Women: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Before I sat down to write this Vine selection, I went to the other reviews to get an idea about how other readers liked the book. Actually, I only read the one-star reviews, though the ratings seemed to be pretty evenly spread out between one star and five.

And what the one-star raters DIDN'T like about Walber's novel about five generations of women, living both in the UK and the US, is what I DID like about it - the bouncing of voices between time and place. Walber included a family tree of the characters and I did consult it a few times, but was not bothered by the jumping.

The novel begins with the suicide in 1914 of the "first" Dorothy, a British suffragette who starves herself to death for "The Cause", leaving behind a young son and daughter, whose lives are cast adrift. The repercussions of this act echo down through the generations to current day great-granddaughters. None of the women depicted in the novel seem to live full lives. All seem to detect a missing "something", usually in their abilities to relate to other family members. Walbert's writing is nuanced in trying to tie the losses of the past to the emptiness of the present.

I enjoyed the book - maybe I'm a restless reader - and am ordering some of her backlist.
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Initial post: May 12, 2012 8:32:43 AM PDT
I'm with you on this one, Jill! Roger.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 8:42:04 AM PDT
Jill Meyer says:
Thanks Roger!

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