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My other "favorite or second place?" Vicky Bliss story. The plot is long and complicated but the dialogue, as always is wonderful. Vicky is more than an adventuress in this one, and we discover her weaknesses without it weakening her. The beginning kind of lags, but is necessary to bring the real story on. Definitely read.
I often found this book to be quite poignant - as at the heart of the story is the death of a beloved fahter, and my own father died just 18 months ago. Domenica De Rosa has mixed together, grief, motherhood, religion and sibling rivalry in this story of an Anglo Italian family. Memory also plays a big part as Gaby remembers her father, her relationship with ex lover Jonathon, and why it is she loves her husband. As with the other novel I have read by this author, I found this a very readable novel, with lovely engaging characters. It also made me want to go to Italy - and especially Rome, it sounds beautiful, and exciting.
What a devastating book. Eviscerates 50's suburban ennui with a beautiful, precise clarity. Simple prose that digs into the moral center of these (unlikeable) troubled characters who are trying to like themselves and long ago gave up trying to be happy. Sounds bleak but this book has hard beauty that is compelling. Yates's book definitely influenced Raymond Carver, Richard Ford and probably Russell Banks. If you are interested in their work, you should give Yates a read.
Anyone working in a school should read this. Post-Columbine this is a scary reality.