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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (Oct. 15 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679772715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679772712
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #346,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blumenthal on Aug. 4 2003
Format: Paperback
After reading somewhat tepid reviews of this novel, I was expecting to be disappointed with it. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it. First of all, it is beautifully written, with some enchanting and poetic turns of phrase throughout. Narratively, it is, at times, a little difficult to follow, and there isn't a tremendous amount of engaging narrative flow to the plot. But it is a wonderful character study and coming of age story.
I found the portrayal of the characters to be creative and original. I felt that I knew each of them very well by the end of the book. And contrary to other reviews, I cared about many of them. And there is a wide-eyed freshness to the book mostly through the eyes of Jane, who I saw as the main character of the book (it could be argued that it is Owens, her father).
There's a lot in this book, and the ride is at times bumpy. But it is consistently satisfying and better than most of the novels that are out there. If you are looking for a straightforward, no nonsense novel, this is not it. But if you want to stretch your mind a bit, the rewards are tremendous!
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By A Customer on July 24 2002
Format: Paperback
I found this novel surprisingly hard to finish or to keep my interest in as I turned the pages. After Anywhere But Here, and her short stories, I kept looking at the cover to make sure it really was a Simpson book. None of the main characters pulled me in, and I never really got a feel for what this novel was about. The narration seemed clunky and uninspired - and much of it read like a first draft, the important parts having not been figured out and clarified yet. This had no energy to it, compared to her other work.
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Mona Simpson's spare writing style was often confusing. I couldn't keep the characters straight and had to reread passages. I struggled about a third of the way through and finally gave up when my mind began to wander. There's too many good novels on my reading stack to waste time on this one. Too bad. I liked Anywhere But Here.
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