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Quirky and charming . . . not.
on April 8, 2015
The title of this book, along with adjectives like "topsy-turvy" in the reviews, suggest that the novel is humorous and quirky. In fact, the characters are quirky but the story is rarely humorous . . . making for a rather disappointing result.
My two complaints: Although I rarely choose collections of short stories, this novel could have been redeemed if the story had circled back around to each character or somehow tied the characters together more convincingly. You're left in the middle of an unresolved and disturbing scenario for many of the characters, and you never get to find out how their stories really unfold from there.
Second, nearly all of the characters are cruel and exploitative or the victims of such people. Had there been a sense of justice toward the offenders, or empowerment on the part of the victims, this could have been a fine novel.