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Juno's Daughters by Lise Saffran
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Mar 08, 11


I started reading this novel on an afternoon train ride and was done with it by bedtime. The book tells the story of a single mother struggling to let go of her two teenage daughters while simultaneously reclaiming her own--long neglected--right to sexual passion. Set on the San Juan Islands, the writing beautifully evokes coastal life, while cleverly interspersing the plot of Shakespeare's play THE TEMPEST(the plot revolves in part around a local theater's production of the play). I loved the way the book grappled with questions of a woman's changing identity, especially as she enters her forties and confronts her children's growing autonomy. And the writing itself was beautiful and evocative. Highly recommended.
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