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This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia
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Jan 02, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 20, 2010 to January 02, 2011

Much of the plot seemed unbelievable, but is so engaging and well written, I kept reading. Arthur Rook is a socially awkward photographer who is married to the quirky Amy, who creates monsters for Hollywood. When she dies unexpectedly, Arthur rifles through his home looking for mementos of her life, hoping to learn more about her. Hidden away in her closet, is a pink box with scraps of paper, plastic trinkets, and a mysterious postcard alluding to her past life. Without telling anyone, he drives across the country to the address on the postcard, and rents a room in a boarding house, run by the Desdemona Jones (Mona). Mona, bakes wedding cakes and has a lonely teenage daughter named Oneida.

Through a series of accidents and revelations, connections are revealed between the main characters. The story of Amy and Mona's past is told alongside Oneida's growing relationship with the school outcast, Eugene Wendell.

It was hard to like Amy, though Mona and Arthur both loved her. The ending was sweet and satisfying, if unexpectedly predictable.

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