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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"Intelligent, original, complex, sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing novel. Ms. Labiner has a lot of things going for her as a fiction writer.... A bold start and a bright future". -- Stephen DixonIn her dazzling debut novel, Labiner links the seemingly disparate worlds of suburban 1980s America and Shakespeare's Court of Denmark, weaving a novel within a novel about ...more
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Coffee House Press (first published 2000)
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Erica - Bonner Springs Library
This is one of those books that when I start to read it I wonder why it took me so long to finally get around to reading it. It's really an interesting book. I'm nearly 1/2 way through and just started it a week ago (it's over 400 pages). There are several stories taking place in the book - first there is the "author's" story (I have author in quotes because the narrator of the book is writing a book and you get her story mixed in between the story that she's writing) and the story that the "aut ...more
Erica
This is one of those books that when I start to read it I wonder why it took me so long to finally get around to reading it. It's really an interesting book. I'm nearly 1/2 way through and just started it a week ago (it's over 400 pages). There are several stories taking place in the book - first there is the "author's" story (I have author in quotes because the narrator of the book is writing a book and you get her story mixed in between the story that she's writing) and the story that the "aut ...more
Ink
One of my favorite authors, Norah Labiner is a master storyteller- having given the "unreliable narrator" concept a beautiful depth, complications, and made the novel more about the art of telling a story, or retelling a story, or slowly exposing truths of a story through its unravelling.

It couldn't be suggested that Labiner "know not 'seems'." All of her writing is so layered and wry, even a story of teens and pre-teens plays with what "is" and what "seems" to be.
Risa
i would give this three and a half plus stars but i don't want to be one of those people that stars the shit out of every book they read. on a fibonacci scale this would be a solid 5, not an 8, becuase it has a some first-time novelists over-zealousness, but i would say that this writer will be delivering 13's in her lifetime. see? the fibonacci scale is much more accurate.
Sue Seeger
This book is so densely layered. She breaks a few rules- the third wll being one of them, but pulls it off. It keeps you guessing until the very end. This isn't light, or easy, but exquisite.
Patricia
I read a few pages of this book but nothing grabbed me so back it went to the library.
Linden
I wanted to like it, but it just slogged on and on.
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Acclaimed for her ability to write "heartbreaking and vastly original tale[s] of literary intrigue." (Time Out New York), Norah Labiner's debut novel, Our Sometime Sister, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. Her second novel, Miniatures, was an American Library Association Notable Book, a Minnesota Book Award winner, and a selection for both the Minnesota Mo ...more
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