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A Handful of Dust by Robert J. Pajer
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Read from January 10 to 12, 2011

I was attracted to this author's First Read's "giveaway" because of the setting and characters he chose: New York City during the Great Depression and a plot featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Although I am not a fan of novels using the device of time-travel, Pajer used it effectively as a plot device. His story was both ambitious and promising but the historical elements lacked depth for me and felt a bit like they were pasted in the story. I really wanted to know more about the corrupt politicians of the period; it wasn't forthcoming in this book although central to the story.

It is admirable when a writer is so committed to his goals and his vision that he chooses to self-publish. If the author had an editor to assist in polishing his writing and advising on the dialogue and narrative it could have turned Mr. Pajer's good ideas into a better book.
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Robert Pajer Nancy, Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I do appreciate it.


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