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The Astral by Kate Christensen
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Jul 05, 11

Read from June 20 to 27, 2011

This wonderful novel has many of the same basic elements as The Epicure's Dilemma by the same author. Again, Kate Christensen gets inside a very male mind and makes the reader believe in him. There's a lot of humor in this basically frustrating and unhappy story—a quality that makes all the difference to me because it adds a dimension that is, in my experience, so much a part of real life except in the very worst situations, which can't be redeemed no matter what. And although we get the entire story from one side, about halfway through the author somehow manages to make us start wondering intensely what the other side is, while keeping us pretty firmly rooted in the protagonist's shoes. That issue lasts to the very last sentence and beyond. It's such an effective handling of one saga in the casebook of divorce. The subplot involving the son is also beautifully done.
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