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Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin
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Oct 06, 2010

really liked it
Read in October, 2010

If Laurie Colwin was actually her own image of Misty, then I'm sadder than ever that she's dead.

I can see people with a fierce desire for "plot" and "story" having a hard time with this, but the writing itself is so swift and good that I personally don't care. The point is not to complete some grand story; the point is that the story ("story") is continual and pervasive, happening and happening and happening. In some ways, this reads like a theatrical piece, with characters grouped into pairs or threes strategically from scene to scene. However, again, I think this is part of the point of the book: people group and regroup, and their conversations, actions, and reactions push forward and forward.

I have a few nitpicks. 1. The concept of money has close to no bearing on any of the characters, which I find less than believable even if they're part of a rich NYC population/mindset. 2. Characters seem defined by their roles more than is comfortable. On the other hand, the point of at least one character is to be a cipher to another, so--yeah, ok. 3. The relationship concepts of the 1970s don't match mine; this is jarring (especially in the otherwise fairly contemporary setting) though it is also clearly my own problem.

It's a pretty solid 3.5, if we're going by numbers.
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Hollyy great review! thank you for taking the time.

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