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Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor
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Jan 31, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from January 28 to 31, 2012

DELICIOUS! I couldn't put this book down. When I first opened it I didn't close until somewhere after the 100 page mark. On the first page you find a happily married 24 year old who is 4 months pregnant that finds out her 27 year old husband has just died in a sporting accident. The story is amazingly well written. The author is a high English teacher and as the months pass she draws on the works she is teaching in her class to illustrate a relevant discovery about her own life which both increases the ability to emotionally relate to her story and breathes new life into classic works. Throughout the story you understand her emotions and witness her maturation and broaden her horizons with respect to the analysis of privilege (notably race and class). I read an uncorrected proof so I imagine that the normal print edition must be even better.
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