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5.0 out of 5 stars Spinning and the art of re-invention., 10 July 2013
This review is from: A Thousand Pardons (Hardcover)
Ben has been sleepwalking to disaster for some time. The meltdown, when it happens, is pretty spectacular and, needless to say, has dramatic consequences for his family. All things considered, his wife, Helen, handles it with remarkable aplomb. But for Sara, their adopted Chinese daughter in her vulnerable early teens, it looks like life is about to throw her another curveball.

When the surprisingly resourceful Helen lands a job in PR, we get some great insight into the world of 'spin' and crisis management. We also get to meet a superb supporting cast including Helen's astute but struggling boss Harvey, Ben's smart small-town lawyer Bonifacio, Sara's rich shoplifting boyfriend Cutter, clip-board nazi Bettina and the famous movie star Hamilton Barth (think: Johnny Depp).

This is a sharply observed and thoroughly engaging read at the heart of which lies the universal need for re-invention. Or is this a uniquely American phenomenon? In any event, Jonathan Dee keeps things moving at a cracking pace and at 270-odd pages, he doesn't outstay his welcome either (something of a rarity these days). I loved it.
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2014 01:14:42 BDT
Eileen Shaw says:
Lovely encapsulation of this very entertaining novel Sue.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2014 13:27:25 BDT
Just back from hols and seen your kind comment - for which many thanks, Eileen.

While away, I read a book that I think might really appeal to you - The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry. I loved it!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2014 00:49:10 BDT
Eileen Shaw says:
I'll make a note of that!
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