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5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Unravelling.
The Goodwins have never really felt accepted by the local Midwest community. When a child in Alice Goodwin`s care drowns, it appears to be the beginning of the drama. As the story unfolds we see how Alice`s life began unravelling some time before.
Set on farm in the summer, Hamilton`s exquisite prose uses the heat to fan the flames of the unfolding drama. Each...
Published on 7 Nov. 2003 by Catriona Takeuchi

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1.0 out of 5 stars TEDIOUS IN THE EXTREME
I cannot believe the hype surrounding this book. Although the premise was initially interesting, I found the character of Alice not only extremely irritating, but also utterly unsympathetic in her total self-absorbtion, and Howard a cipher, yet whose story still took up 8 chapters to tell. And as for the character of Theresa - she's just too good to be true. If the...
Published on 10 July 2006 by Annie Oakley


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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and every child carers nightmare!!, 8 April 2001
This review is from: A Map Of The World (Paperback)
This book is wonderfully well written and a book that keeps you reading until the end. If you prefer books with plenty of dialogue, be warned that there is not a lot in the first 100 pages or so, but please do not give up. After this benchmark the story really picks up pace and keeps you thinking and caring about the characters. If you work in the child care industry, keep up the good work because we all rely on you!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent exploration of a friendship between two women., 19 Mar. 1999
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This story examines the relationship between two women. Their friendship is put to the test when the main character Alice is left minding her best friend's child and the child is drowning in her pond at the end of her garden. The book explores the themes of anger, remorse, guilt, loss and forgiveness. This book is a must for all mothers with small children and who think they have best friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, that you never want to put down, 16 April 2000
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This is a well written book, that you never want to put down. Jane Hamilton has a great use of words, and appears to use them in the right text and they really describe what she is feeling. I have read a number of books and i can truley say that this is one of the best books that I have ever read.
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