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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift of Art, March 7, 2013
This review is from: The Interestings: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Every now and then a book comes along that reminds a person of why they love reading so much. The Interestings is such a book.

We are introduced to six strong characters -- three girls, three boys. In 1974 they meet at a summer camp for teenaged incipient artists, one that nourishes the creative impulse. Does such a place exist? One in which hopeful dancers, animators, French horn players and dulcimer hammerers thrive together? Not important. It's the familial closeness that is spotlighted here, exemplified by these six. But focus is on Julie, transmorphed into Jules on the very first night. Who seems at first to have no obvious artistic talent, but is accepted immediately for her surprising wit and likability. The genius of this book is that although from the beginning each of the six is a well defined character, several are relegated to supporting, if pivotal, roles. This isn't one of those sagas attempting to show the passage of recent eras employing six narratives and their divergent paths. Not following quite a linear storyline, the novel offers insights from future perspectives, the strengths of the histories woven into a pattern of codependence and support. Secrets are revealed, not as mysteries, but as indicators that inform the interrelationships between the major characters and others. The role of art plays out with various levels of success, but it is the inner lives that carries the important threads of the story. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: Mar 11, 2013 8:09:35 PM PDT
KL, a very fine and compact summary. I especially like your last two sentences on the roles of secrets and art. Having experience only of specialized music camps, I too wondered whether an arts camp with such diverse offerings was possible, but I went to Google and, yes, it is. There is one, for example, at Interlochen. Roger.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 9:46:09 AM PDT
And Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts on Long Island, New York!

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 7:38:22 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2013 5:08:24 PM PDT
Thank you for the kind words.
I've kindled your book and will give it a looksee.
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