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Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
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Aug 31, 2010

it was amazing
Read in August, 2010

I stayed up until 2:30 this morning, and it's Caroline Leavitt's fault.

I've been reading this novel in portions, like a scrumptious meal that must be made to last, but when I settled down at 11AM for a nibble, I couldn't stop. PICTURES OF YOU is a lovely novel, heartbreakingly beautiful, touching. I wanted to hold the the three main characters to stop their pain. They were people I could love, worry about, encourage them along as they sought their own path toward happiness. The way Leavitt developed Sam into this highly capable, cerebral, but emotionally tangled man was perfect...no quick fixes, no aha moments...a complex character who functions at a high level, despite dragging his emotional baggage through it all...and then finally begins to understand, to forgive.

A friend who survived Auschwitz once told me that she divorced her husband because he put his concentration camp experiences into a sack and dragged that sack through his life, whereas she placed her tragedies into a little box, wrapped it in silk, and carried it under her arm. It was always there, but it was never an obstacle. Leavitt's characters get to this place: accepting what life has dealt and moving on, yet never forgetting.
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Patry What a beautiful review--especially your last paragraph.


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