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A Call from Jersey by P.F. Kluge
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Oct 01, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: family, fathers-fatherhood, germany, historical-fiction, immigrants, siblings, wwii
Read from October 01 to 05, 2010

The entire time I was reading this book, I felt like I was missing something, like it was the sequel to a book I hadn't read. Relationships were written as though there was a lot of tension between characters, but nothing was developed enough (either in the backstory or the present story) for me to really care about where the tension came from, or whether it got resolved. Most of the characters seemed to just drift through the story, occasionally colliding with each other in encounters that were evidently supposed to be very weighty, but really just seemed like random plot devices. I think Kluge was aiming for high drama, but only managed to give us melodrama.

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