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Winter Journey by Diane Armstrong
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Sep 25, 2010

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bookshelves: mystery, listened-to, european, zz2010
Read from September 25 to October 19, 2010

What I liked: the exploration of the nature of evil, the importance and place of Truth, the theme of community and racism, identity, and the history in the story.

What I disliked: the extended exposition of Helena's character (more detail than necessary), the abrupt cliff-hanger chapter endings (like a Nancy Drew book), the way both the priest and Helena reacted to discovering their pasts (too much anger and absolute identity crisis, not enough complexity), the sexual encounters (the book is strong enough not to need "romance").

Fortunately the strengths of the book are important enough to outweigh the weaknesses, in my mind. I see this book as a diamond in the rough. Hopefully the author can continue to hone her craft and create a real masterpiece.

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