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Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
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May 21, 10

Read in May, 2010

** spoiler alert ** How well do we know anyone? Our spouse - children - parents? Do we really see what is, or what we want to be? This book starts with an accidental death of one woman, which causes untold grief and guilt in the survivor, and the dead woman's husband and son. Their healing process involves a film camera, a driver named Dirk, lots of take-out food, asthma and a tortoise named Nelson. A great book-club selection!






Spoiler - The timing of the book bothered me, as did the lack of attention by Sam's teachers. Is this book set today, or 20 years ago. April uses her cell phone during her escape, which indicates it's set today, but no one else seems to have one. Neither the detective nor the police take any interest in who April was calling right before she is killed, even though she placed several calls to Bill. Where was the ambulance that was coming to help Sam. Why wasn't that brought up? Also, I haven't seen any schools where a student could leave an elementary school as easily as Sam does without any notice. Where were the teachers when he was being bullied? Without these issues, this could have been a fabulous book - as it is it's merely great.
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Leora This was a wonderful book, I agree. Just to say, that Charlie also uses a cellphone (Sam would be too young to use a cellphone), also the phone wasn't recovered in the accident, so they wouldn't have known about April's calls on it,I loved that the whole issue of calling an ambulance was ambiguous--the thing is we don't know and I like that, it makes the situation more real. Lastly, I've known so many cases where teachers did nothing when kids were bullied--all this is really just to say those issues really weren't there I don't think--

A brilliant and moving work, indeed.


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