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The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III
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Oct 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: thriller, nominations-to-sort
Read in January, 2009

When April's babysitter falls ill without notice, she is forced to take her young daughter to work with her. April works as a stripper at the Puma Club for men ... not the ideal place for a young child. Leaving her baby with the owner's wife in the office, April is a nervous wreck, (although her professionalism won't allow her to show it) as she entertains a foreigner in the VIP room.

Meanwhile an over zealous patron is thrown out for getting too close to one of the dancers. As things progress Bassam, the foreigner pays April well and she can't leave to check on her daughter Fanny. The girl is not carefully attended to and slips out to find her mommy. The drunken man ousted from the club sees the child standing alone out back and crying. He takes the girl with him, merely to protect her, but soon realizes he would be looked at suspiciously, maybe not believed if he just brings her back.

I really got involved with each character and liked the way all there actions tied in together to plot the story very well. This book is full of suspense and kept me hooked from beginning to end.

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