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The Old Romantic by Louise Dean
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Apr 06, 11

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Dean asks the big questions about love, commitment, and the changing boundaries among family members in this exploration of marriage and family. While critics generally agreed that The Old Romantic is light on plot, they nonetheless described it as a barbed social satire on class, love, and marriage in its various forms. Dean also offers many revelatory moments, though the Minneapolis Star Tribune thought that her insights, many as they are, lacked an emotional core. Despite that criticism, reviewers generally praised this story of family dysfunction, reunion, and, ultimately, of the quest for happiness and fulfillment. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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