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This is a quiet book, studied and well researched, but thoroughly engaging and readable. Numerous references to period music, political events, and the looming war quite successfully place the reader at both the centre and the periphery of life in the 1930s. Side trips to Italy and to view the Dionne quintuplets feel entirely authentic. With deceptive simplicity, the author creates a world of clear images: "Nora came in from her shuffleboard game with a sweater tied across her shoulders, her hair damp from the rain." Most importantly, Wright has realized characters that come alive on the page--quite a feat considering the self-imposed limitations of this novel's form. --Mark Frutkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The main character is so hum drum, and ends up to be a hoot!
It shows how the folk in that era lived, worked and played.
This was a very easy read and I enjoyed it as a change. I would recommend it to some of my friends who only read at night and don't like anything upsetting or violent. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2013 by Joan Lemire
This was my first time reading this author, and I enjoyed his writing style of written letters between the characters, as well as the main character Claras diary entries. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2011 by Novel Girl
Richard B. Wright had escaped my reading pile until recently. I just finished Shakespeare's Bastard and was so pleased with his written word and ability to write from a female... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2011 by charmaine
I began this book - a Book Club choice for me - with enthusiasm, and at first found it interesting. I wanted to find out what happened to the sisters, and was quite engaged in the... Read morePublished on June 29 2008 by Barnaby Black
This book sat on my shelf for at least 2 years before I picked it up and once I did I could not put it down! Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2008 by K. Harrison
this book engaged me almost instantly. although i did not always agree with the actions of the characters, i found it realistic and found i really cared about the characters. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2004
The book starts off really slowly and then achieves a certain momentum. However, when Frank enters the picture it turns into a boring, offensive, and totally cliche look at sexual... Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Colleen E. Shea
This book, although it has somehow managed to receive rave reviews, is one of the worst novels I have ever read. Read morePublished on April 28 2004