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Cities of Refuge by Michael Helm
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Read from July 18 to December 08, 2010

Michael Helm's "Cities Of Refuge", is not a book I couldn't put down. Why? It made me feel uneducated. Why? Because I didn't get it. Although Mr. Helm's writing is beautiful and complex and he really delves into the lives of his characters, the story just didn't come together for me. A lot of issues were dealt with: violence/trauma/healing, secrets, unresolved guilt, immigration, extended disfunctional families, etc... I felt there was too much going on, too many issues. The end of the story fell flat and left me wondering what it was I just read.
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