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Good Themes, awful protagonist.
on May 21, 2017
The most aggravating, self-righteous, frustrating, immature protagonist I have read in a while. She was remarkably unsympathetic, and I am a child who has a very difficult relationship with her parents, so I have every reason to try to empathize with her. Nonetheless, the writing was strong and I really enjoyed the imagery of the garden and the trouble the author went to to emphasize female bonds of motherhood and sisterhood. (I will say -- slightly spoilery-- I was extremely disappointed with the main characters life changing decision at the end of the book. it's a narrative that gets pushed very often by people on every side of the political spectrum, and it would've been braver and more interesting for the author to go a different way with it.)