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The Room-Mating Season by Rona Jaffe
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Aug 16, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: adult-contemporary
Read in August, 2011

I picked up this book on a bargain rack and read it because I am a big fan of Rona Jaffe's short story "Rima the Bird Girl," which I read in a "Short Fiction by Women" class in college and teach to my high school students occasionally. Unfortunately, this novel was a big disappointment. Short, choppy sentences, characters that don't seem quite real, and narration that leaves nothing to the reader's imagination. I gave it two stars because I did finish it just to see how the three characters' lives turned out in the end. The big surprise revealed in the final chapters was, while unexpected, pretty much unnecessary. Oh well, onward and upward!

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