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Wordy, and yet addictive,
This review is from: Gossip (Paperback)
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I really like this author. I read "Still Missing" Still Missing, an earlier novel of hers and loved it. I have now bought three other of her novels and look forward to reading them.
Yet this one, Gossip is not a book I can love, though I did enjoy it.
I think the problem for me is twofold. One it is very very American. Too many references that are not meaningful to me. So I cannot engage fully.
Secondly, something is missing.. any kind of emotional connection to the characters never happens, which weakened the ending for me. Also I was never able to visualise the characters despite all the other detail.
It is written in the first person by Loviah, or Lovie, works for herself owning a boutique dress shop in Manhattan, where she dresses very rich women, some of whom she went to boarding school with.
Dinah, and Avis are two of her best friends from that time. They do not like each other but are united by their friendship with Lovie.
The novel travels through the decades recording the lives of these three in a way that you feel as if you are being kept up to date with the latest gossip on someone you know. Except of course you don't.
What I like best is the actual writing. The tiny details of places, meals, who said what, and most of all the thoughts Lovie keeps to herself. These are what make the read enjoyable.
Recommended, though it won't blow your socks off, and I recommend her other novels.