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Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler
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Sep 15, 2010

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Read from September 15 to 20, 2010

I loved the beginning. The precarious existence of a Chinese man in the western US in the 1870s. Chin is good company. Complaints: I am not knowledgeable about Emily Dickinson's poetry. I find it enigmatic and frustrating. So I felt that when reading the excerpt at the start of each chapter. Dr. Carr was developed and abandoned. Shift to San Francisco was severe. The fantastical angle was suggested but not developed. Not much of an ending. Endings are hard.

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message 1: by Beth (new)

Beth Bonini Is this a new book?
I haven't read any of hers, but The Jane Austen Book Club -- which I'm really fond of.

Yes, ED can be very enigmatic. I don't love her as much as I feel that I should.

Still planning on updating the Goodreads list any day now.

Jenine I found a recommendation for this book, I'm pretty sure it was from Jessa Crispin who does the Bookslut blog. It was published in 1991 so definitely not new. The ending felt very workshopped to me. I just finished the JA Book Club and it was great!

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