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Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object
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on March 18, 2015
An interesting story of grief and recovery, with some lovely moments, but not one of Colwin's best. Nothing quite matches the charm of "Happy All the Time," but "Shine On" is an early novel and should be read with that consideration. It feels dated, and the writing is at times redundant and unclear; problematic, too, is the narrator's focus on finding herself in relation to men, however she is young. I'm glad I slogged through it, but it's not one I would revisit.
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on August 23, 2015
I'm a lifetime Laurie Colwin fan. She's a wonderful writer -- fresh, witty and insightful. If you've never read her work, check it out.
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on June 8, 2016
I love every single thing Laurie Colwin has ever written.
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on August 29, 2015
Sweet, story by a beloved author, gone too soon!
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on February 7, 2018
A good read. Not done yet.
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on April 18, 2005
Laurie Colwin's Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object, is a slight book [181 pages] with a split personality.

Elizabeth (Olly) Bax is a twenty-seven-year-old widow. Her husband, Sam, was a charming daredevil who one day paid his dues - permanently. Olly grieves, coping with the warmth and awkwardness of family ties and tries to re-establish her own life.

Olly comes to realize that her own risks are just as daring as Sam's - he risked his life and she is willing to risk her heart -and she again finds herself and love - but in a surprising place.

This is a flawed book. It falls into two uneven parts that I had a great deal of difficulty with. On the other hand, it was refreshingly different and the characters were interesting. But either I was having a 'slow' day or some of the sentences were a bit difficult to understand. I found myself re-reading some passages wondering what the author meant.
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on October 14, 2014
Laurie Colwin's writings always seem to provide insight for life, as well as entertainment, with the telling of a good story.
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on December 26, 2015
good. "Happy All The Time" her best.
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on August 13, 2015
Interesting insights on dealing with death and life and love.
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on December 18, 2014
An exquisite novel - beautifully written, beautifully rendered. One of my all time favorites.
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