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Saying Grace by Beth Gutcheon
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Jan 14, 2016

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bookshelves: kindle, fiction
Read from February 09 to 13, 2011

I read this book years ago, and had remembered it as one of my favorites. Sadly, my memory didn't stand up to present-day reality. Saying Grace is an interesting story about a private school head, Rue, and the people around her, but important characters and plot strands are abruptly dropped and never developed. Any one of the storylines (Rue's daughter, the school/teacher/board turmoil, Rue's marriage, child abuse) would have made a better book, but all of them together constitute a soap opera. The ending was both abrupt and creepy.

There is a beautifully written section about saying grace at Thanksgiving, and I love the cover, but those are the only things that saved me from giving this 2 stars.

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