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Chilly Scenes of Winter Paperback – January 2, 1991
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This is one of those books that is tough to describe. I've read it several times now and find new things everytime. Beattie does an incredible job of creating these people who walk through their own little world, trying to deal with the hand that life has dealt them. They're just like us, selfish, unaware, worn out in places, but full of humanity. There are acts of kindness, warmth, vulnerability in these people the author has created. This is what makes this book, you follow these people along an episode of their lives and wonder where its going to go. I find that when I take a step back, I question where they end up, but while I'm in it, I don't.
At the heart of the matter is a love story, an awkward, imperfect love story about a man who is obsessed. It drives him through his days, drives him into doing dumb things, and gets his friends and family to roll their eyes.
An excellent read, the first or fourth time around.
-The prose style. The book seemed to create inside jokes with itself. It was funny. I liked it.
-The dialogue. Sometimes the characters seemed to talk at each other instead of to each other. It was funny. I liked it.
-Flashbacks/backstory. Always seemed 'well done,' 'transparent.' I liked it.
-The main character was hopelessly in love with someone who, for the most part, didn't love him in the same way back. I liked it.
-The main character was male, the author is female. This is a stupid comment, but I liked it.
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