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A bit disappointing
on 6 November 2008
After `Brightness Falls' (I read it years ago and liked it), `The Good Life' is a sort of sequel for some of the characters previously depicted: we find Russell and Corrine Callaway, Luke and Sasha McGavock and their respective families.
New York's Upper East Side wealthy society is the main background. Then the 9/11 tragedy strikes and life changes. Feeling shocked -they both lose a friend in the wreckage-, lost and adrift like everybody else, Luke and Corrine meet by chance at Ground Zero, where they are both helping out. Before 9/11, they both had unresolved issues at home, and now, incredibility ensues for them as they slowly but inexorably fall in love amidst the ruins. They try to deal with the emotional turmoil and tormented longing they both feel. This book is primarily the story of their escalating love and the conflicts that this generates in their mind and soul, the concern for their family a major issue.
Well, I believe that the main concept of this book is good but it still failed to engage me in full. Overly descriptive at times, the reading was often dragging. In short, may I say it, a bit boring. No, not up to (my) standard. My true vote would be 2 and ½ stars, but I concede the other half as I have enjoyed other books by Mr. McInerney and have appreciated him as a writer, especially where characterization is concerned.