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Two-fer Book Review

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It’s a two-fer book review today.

First I finished a book of a type that I don’t typically read. 

It is the final summer in Maine for the Kelleher family, and its four strong-willed women are dreaming of bare feet, cocktails at sunset, and that magical ocean air. Alice is the matriarch, a regular fixture at morning mass, and an equally regular fixture in the wicker chair on the sun porch where she spends all afternoon drinking manhattans and smoking cigarettes. Maggie is Alice’s granddaughter, a thirty-two-year-old writer who has just realized she’s pregnant, a fact she has yet to tell her off-again boyfriend. Maggie’s mother, Kathleen, is the prodigal daughter, camped out in California, wishing desperately to avoid the annual Kelleher showdown. And Ann Marie, Alice’s daughter-in-law, is the long-suffering martyr and avid dollhouse collector who is determined to keep this chaotic household in order.

Over the course of this summer, long-held secrets are revealed, embarrassing crushes bloom, and gallons of vodka are consumed. While Alice must face reminders of a devastating tragedy, Maggie has to decide what to do about Gabe and the baby, Kathleen comes face to face with the woman she most fears, and Ann Marie desperately tries to maintain the image of a perfect family.

I could not put the book down. It was an “all families are dysfunctional” book.  I really wasn’t ready for it to end.

Next up, a typical read for me – a mystery.

The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 “New York Times”-bestselling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists predicting ecological disaster. The protests don’t seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands. 400,000 print. (Espionage/Thriller)

I love Virgil Flowers.  He is a very interesting character.  I also like that John Sanford still writes good books, unlike some authors lately who seem to just be resting on their laurels.

Written by bevanddara

October 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Posted in Book review-Bev

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