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The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine
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Jun 28, 2007

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Read in June, 2007

I loved Cathleen Schine's books The Evolution of Jane and Rameu's Niece, both of which are well written and a little brainy. I was largely disappointed with She Is Me and I feel like The New Yorkers is similarly lacking but I did like it.

The bad: I am not a dog person and thus not really the target audience for the book. I find some of the characters annoying and unlikeable. I didn't like the first person removed narration: the narrator is clearly someone who lives on the block on which the novel takes place and can see into the characters' heads, but is not a participant in any of the stories.

The good: There are a lot of surprises. It's also a book about normal, un-glamorous New Yorkers, presented in a way that feels very real to me. The characters even endure the 2003 blackout, which made me recall my own experience.

So it's okay, would probably be better if I liked dogs, but not so smart as Schine's earlier novels.

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