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Cleaning Nabokovs House by Leslie Daniels
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Apr 26, 11

Cleaning Nabokov's House is Barb Barrett's story of falling apart during her restrictive marriage and nasty divorce and pulling herself together again so she can get her children back. I found the book to be both full of tired clichés and bizarrely unrealistic and fantastical. Barb's "ex- person", as she calls him, is a caricature of a bad ex, her kids are cute and quirky in a very one-dimensional way, and she is just plain crazy. I found all the stuff about Nabokov's supposed unpublished manuscript (about a baseball romance) highly unbelievable and the story line about the cat house was just ridiculous. Some readers will undoubtedly find all this hysterically funny, but I just thought the whole book silly.

I listened to the audio version read by Bernadette Dunne. She does a fine job, I just don't think a good narrator can save a bad plot.
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