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5.0 out of 5 stars One woman's journey to find herself
As a man, my review of this book may be somewhat biased, but on the whole, I have to say that this is the best book I've read in a long time about any individual's personal quest to discover who he or she is.
Daria Walker is a cookbook writer who enjoys some small fame in the Boston area, and (this is important to the story) who also comes from a working-class...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One woman's journey to find herself, 30 Mar 1997
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As a man, my review of this book may be somewhat biased, but on the whole, I have to say that this is the best book I've read in a long time about any individual's personal quest to discover who he or she is.
Daria Walker is a cookbook writer who enjoys some small fame in the Boston area, and (this is important to the story) who also comes from a working-class background. Her husband, Ross, can be best described as the scum of the earth - he married Daria simply because he saw her as an ornament to his life and career, but now he's met a plain-looking woman who happens to be incredibly rich, and he's also involved himself with several shady (to put it mildly) business deals, one of which involves burning out the tenants of buildings he owns in Daria's old neighborhood. But he doesn't actually own them; Daria does, and....well, this gets very complicated.
The point here is that Daria gradually discovers all this, and it shatters her. She has to rebuild her life from the ground up, and finds unlikely allies in the tenants of these buildings. Ms. Piercy makes you believe that Daria is a real person, that this isn't just a piece of fiction. Daria, and all the characters in this book, come to incredibly vivid life. The greatest compliment I can pay to this novel is that I wish Ms. Piercy would write another one with these characters - which, considering that this book is over ten years old, she may well have done. I'd very much like to know what else happens to Daria, Tom, and all the other people in this world Marge Piercy has created. The rating of 9 is only because I detected a stiffness at times in the language of her characters - but that's a very minor detraction in an otherwise excellent book.
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