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Dale Loves Sophie to Death by Robb Forman Dew
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Nov 28, 2011

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bookshelves: bookcrossing, first-novel-or-book, good-but-made-me-sad, at-least-the-writing-was-good
Read from November 27 to 28, 2011

Beautifully written, with penetrating observations, but not a fast action plot, so will be frustrating for those who want a story. More a study of a family in the trying circumstances of daily living.

The title comes from graffiti scrawled on a highway overpass. It becomes a landmark for the family, signifying they're approaching home, and a touchstone for thought for the main character of the book. It reminded me of the restaurant in Syracuse, I think, called Pinhead Susan's. For years, there had been graffiti on an overpass saying "Susan is a pinhead". The graffiti was eventually removed, but the restaurant near the overpass immortalized it in their name.

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