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A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion
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Jul 22, 2011

really liked it
Read from March 24 to 26, 2008 , read count: 1

Grace Strasser-Mendana and Charlotte Douglas are two American women whose paths cross in their final days in the small Central American nation of Boca Grande. Though Grace exercises financial control over the ruling family of the nation, Charlotte falls victims to the machinations of the men of the family. A gripping minimalist account which presents some very shallow people in a very three-dimensional manner, and, in essence, a study of two very different manners in which women deal with the very nasty men in their lives. I added this novel to my list after reading the author's memoir The Year of Magical Thinking in June 2006.

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