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I tried with this one, I really did...but I just had to stop reading around page 130 or so. The effect of the writing was as though I was caught in someone else's fever...and not in a good way. Like being trapped in someone's headache. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. That sex scene with the friend made me realize that not only were these characters not "real," they didn't even make sense for their own universe.

I enjoy Sebold's writing style and I know I'll read her next book. This one was just a serious "miss" for me.


Mardougrrl - Exactly. Perfect - someone else's fever.

Rebecca Laffar-Smith

I haven't had a chance to read this book but I'm always reassured when I come across books that made it to print despite bombing with readers. I remind myself that if THAT could get published then I'll have no trouble getting my current WIP flying off bookshelves.

I wonder how Sebold took the critique or if she chooses not to read reviews. I wonder what she thought of the book as she wrote it. Most of us have a six sense that lets us knows if we're completely losing the concept. Perhaps it was a brutal editing that is the true culprit?

So many questions that only the author could answer. We'll never please everyone and I hope there are readers who find the book enriching for them. I'll have to dig up a copy to see what I get from it. :-)


Rebecca - And in this week's NYT they quoted a good review of the book. But my question is: Where was her editor?


I feel very similar. Everyone I've heard talk about Clarion sepaks highly of it, and I know many of them were changed in their writing and in their lives. I sometimes wonder what it would do for my writing, if I had the time to attend. I know I can handle group critiques and the critique work was one of my favorite parts of getting a degree in writing. I can't imagine spending so much time just writing and critiquing; it sounds quite a bit like paradise.On the other hand, I've had some nasty experiences in writing groups, and I know I wouldn't have liked the group socialization. (Though those games sound fun, I would not want to do them with strangers, and there are times when I don't want to spend that long with my closest friends, much less people I don't know.)This was very interesting to read.

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