It is not possible to say that I did not like the book. It has those realistic stories you can not turn your head away from. But I needn’t have read them. It doesn’t introduce me to a reality I do not know about. And it depresses me as much as the reality does. “What a waste!” is what keeps coming to my mind. That, of course, is not a downside of the book 🙂 Just a question of suitability for me.
The downsides I saw are the following:
- Some stories are unbelievable. Particularly that of Margaret. Managing to turn an overbearing husband around by overfeeding him and fattening him up??
- The writing did not feel smooth to me. There seems to be that urge for the author to make her views on characters and situations known, while maintaining a first person narrative. She is unable to carry it off. The dialogues and interactions become unnatural, stiff and feel like being read out of a non-fiction many a times. A voice kept nagging me that this wouldn’t how she would have said it!
Worth a read, but I am not showering my adulation on it!