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I would say that this is a book about people damaged by their parents failings. There's no great action, no steamy sex scenes (although there is sex, and a fair bit of it), no huge dramas that I can recall - just people trying to earn a living, enjoy their lives, and get by, but failing at some level because of the damage done to them in the past.
Some of the characters are a bit thinly drawn - Tess' ex-husband and brother for example - but Tess is a strongly drawn character who we gradually learn about through her thinking back to significant episodes in her life. She's superficially capable, but seriously, totally and utterly lacking in self esteem, (we do find out why, but it's a looong way into the book).
The end isn't really in any doubt, although there is a near-blindsider that comes, not from nowhere exactly, but it caught me out, and the end isn't rushed, which is good.
So worth a read, and I'll pass it onto my sister with a positive recommendation!
The description that prompted me to order this book claimed that it was intelligent, literary fiction. It lied.
This was typical chick-lit romantic glurge, with a surfeit of sex scenes describing ad nauseum the "Van Dyke Brown" eyes of the narrator's boyfriend. I didn't see much of a difference between this and the Twilight series - descriptions of men's physical features do nothing for me at all, be they "chiseled" features or "Van Dyke Brown" eyes and neither do overly detailed sex scenes (think of great, classic stories of love and romance, which rarely involve description). I guess the one redeeming feature was that the narrator wasn't religious and was actually capable of having enjoyable sex, but she just didn't interest me.
All the other characters are equally 3-dimensional; the author successfully gives her people (and places) real personality with a few deft strokes. In her spare time, Tess is an artist; I loved the way Keller uses colour throughout her text to show us how Tess perceives the world around her.
The real theme of this novel is self-worth. There seems to be another, little-explored theme as well: that of men taking care of women, whether they do it well enough and whether women should depend on men for their self-worth. I've deducted a star for Tess's casual acceptance of male violence and the sugary ending. I felt a less predictable outcome would have fit better with this gritty story.
Amazon Encore has pulled this first novel out of obscurity for a well-deserved second chance. It's a good choice: very engaging, easily read and courageous in some ways. Quite a fat book, it would make good holiday reading. Enjoy!
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