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A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
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Sep 12, 2011

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Read from September 12 to 13, 2011

** spoiler alert ** From hearing others talk about this book, I knew it would be the "sad wife" book. I was not looking forward to it. And indeed, there was absolutely nothing happy about this book.

That doesn't necessarily make it bad, though. While it was painful to read plot-wise, there were actually nuggets of really good writing, and moments that made me think about the bigger picture (i.e., did Alice gladly go to jail for alleged abuse to feel punished for Lizzy's death? How far should a lawyer go in trial in demonizing the prosecution in order to get an innocent defendant off the hook? What do Alice's interactions and perceptions of her cellmates indicate about Midwestern race relations?)

While this book has it's merits, that I've described above, it's just not the thing that I usually like to read. It kind of reminded me of "Rabbit, Run" by John Updike - sure it had literary merit, some good writing, made you think, but good god almighty, was it cripplingly sad.

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09/12/2011 "Saddest book ever. I may need to go to therapy."

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