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A Book of Secrets by Michael Holroyd
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Read from December 27, 2011 to January 04, 2012

A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers was a bit of a slog for me. While the characters were interesting, the information provided seemed too thin to merit a book. The author based it on a villa in the South of Italy but then we moved to England, to France, to Vita & Violet, to an Italian friend, disparate characters, places, and the book's focus and especially its passion suffered.

"With his oblique anecdotes about Salman Rushdie, and a footnoted reference to one of his wife Margaret Drabble’s novels, Holroyd, too, sometimes gives us his literary-social milieu instead of real emotional involvement" Laura Marsh writes in the online New Review piece below http://www.tnr.com/book/review/michae... and perhaps that is what is missing from the book. I could not connect.
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