So I kept reading and I'm not happy that I spent so much time reading this book. I'm standing behind t ...more
Even though I finished it, I just could not invest in this book, and that’s never a good sign. It started off slow, and thankfully did pick up a good bit, but still finished slow. Seriously go read the ...more
Like Henry James, Martha McPhee, author of Bright Angel Time and the National Book Award?nominated Gorgeous Lies, asks big questions about European tradition and American "newness," while offering an absorbing account of first love. Critics praised McPhee's superb writing, pitch-perfect dialogue, and flesh-and-blood characters. (Only Michiko Kakutani asked why readers should care about such selfish and stubborn creations.) L'America circles around itself in a layered, multidecade narrative, whi...more
I thought this would be so good - a love story about an American girl who meets an Italian boy while both are on holiday in Greece. What could go wrong?
Everything. This author did a terrible job of telling the story. The point of view changes constantly, there are random and frequent changes in continuity, way too many boring storylines, and not enough about the main characters. Why couldn't she just tell a linear story about Beth and Cesare, and how they fell in love, what thei ...more
She is the author of four novels: Dear Money; L'America; Gorgeous Lies; and Bright Angel Time. Her work has been honored with and supported by a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Gorgeous Lies was a finalist for a National Book Award in 2002. She lives ...more