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Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards
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Sep 12, 10

bookshelves: fiction, canadian
Read from August 30 to September 12, 2010

Okay, I'm starting to think my boss doesn't like me - this is the second book that she has given me that I didn't like.

Again, I had high hopes for this book - it won the Giller in 2000 and the premise sounded promising. But that's where it ended. The characters frustrated me to no end. They seemed to either be too good to the point that they didn't want to stand up for themselves (ie. Sydney and Elly) or used and abused people all the way (Lyle, Mathew, Connie, Cynthia). The story wandered every which way without really propelling the action forward, and anytime there was a significant event about to happen, the author would very obviously foreshadow that fact. And the ending with what happened with Theresa and Percy was just too perfect (in a bad way) to be plausible and to redeem the book.

I think I'm going to stop reading the stack of books my boss gave me now.
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