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The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks
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Mar 28, 2008

really liked it
Read in January, 2008

Written in the late 60s or early 70s, this is the story of an unmarried, young, pregnant woman. Her father kicks her out (which seems strange to a modern reader) and she takes a room in a nasty house on the wrong side of the tracks. She ends up meeting many interesting people, one of who is a love interest.

I enjoyed reading about how she goes about making a home for herself in her "L-shaped room," though it's obvious she's in denial about her pregnancy. I also enjoyed the quirky characters. My book club mentioned how this book is a commentary on race relations, but that went entirely over my head as I read it. But now I can see what they mean because the man that lives next door to her is African American and her love interest is a Jewish man.

Apparently, this book was a huge hit in Great Britain back when it was written and was also made into a movie. It would be neat to watch it. (I'm pretty sure my husband would hate it.)

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