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The Hours by Michael Cunningham
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Aug 12, 07

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This is one of the best books I've ever read. I think it's been four or five years ago now...but I think about it alot. The way the stories are woven together is brilliant. I gave my copy away (cry). Much better than the movie. Also won the Pulitzer Prize.

It's reminiscient of the Virginia Wolfe novel "Mrs. Dalloway." There are three stories being told...one is told in the present. A woman is preparing for a dinner party in NYC. The second is set in the 50's--a woman is preparing to celebrate her husband's birthday. She is trying to take care of her young son--who she feels disconnected from. She's in a bit of an emotional crisis. The third story is set way back in the early 1900's--it's the unfolding of the day that Mrs. Wolfe herself loaded her pockets with rocks and walked into the nearest river. But all three women are connected. The "how" is the pay-off.
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