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Yvonne is a `fixer' and wants to glue together the messy ends of the lives she encounters, a nice intention but isn't the road to you-know-where paved with them? One of these is her disarmingly glamorous grandmother, about whom Yvonne doesn't know as much as she thinks. [Another plot twist]
I did take issue with the club owner with a stammer however, in that stammering does not constitute repeating your last three words three times. It's a mental block and the sufferer literally cannot get the word out - thus stammer. This repetition is more an affectation, but although irritating, it didn't ruin anything as he wasn't a main character.
The story itself is too complicated to explain here, suffice it to say Yvonne learns lot on her quest, during which she meets a Zebra-obsessed lesbian prostitute [who likes her job just a little too much as she prattles on for ages to prospective clients about how good she is-not much subtlety there] Yvonne also gets into a very complicated, and pointless discussion at a party about wine while Tony Blair sits 'with laughing eyes' [Couldn't the author think of anyone more appealing than him?]
I enjoyed the interaction of the characters, especially Mrs Claypool's response to Yvonne's words, `I have your son,' which are immediately and violently misinterpreted. [Which could have gone very wrong but didn't]
Then the story derailed me completely by taking us back to WWII Egypt in a convoluted telling of her Grandmother Lana's history. It rambled quite a bit from here on in, and I would have liked the story to end on a more decisive note instead of being pulled into a philosophical reflection that attempted to explain our lives are linked in ways we cannot imagine and sometimes those who have most effect on us we have never actually met - too deep for me, I like my stories clearer cut.
Even so, it was an entertaining read and I could see why Yvonne did the things she did.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Overall it was fairly grim reading - an antidote to the idea that love conquers all
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What I liked: I enjoyed a lot of the characters in this, and I liked that there was a lot of various twists through the story so that I never got bored. I also kind of thought that it was interesting how Alison Archer used Yvonne. Although Yvonne was technically the main character and the story was told in first person...I felt as though Yvonne was more of a secondary character observing the events as they unfolded. She played a few key parts, but mostly she was there for narrative purposes...similar to what Fitzgerald did with The Great Gatsby, however Gatsby being a far superior novel.
What I didn't like: Although I kind of liked the various plot twists, it was too much. For such a short novel, Archer tried to fit in way too much and it distracted from the main plot. There was three secondary plots running through this novel and one of them honestly had no reason for being there and should have been done away with altogether. Another was somewhat necessary...but I think that if that had been cut out or made simplier the story could have worked much better.
I wasn't a huge fan of this book, but at the same time I didn't hate it. It was somewhat cute and I did enjoy the characters...however, I don't really recommend it nor do I feel an urge to read more of Archer's work.