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A Good American by Alex George
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Feb 24, 12

Read in February, 2012

This is a beautiful story of an immigrant family and their lives in America. Frederick and Jette are a young German couple who head for America when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. They wind up in small town Missouri, where they establish themselves and try to become "good Americans." The story is narrated by their grandson, and includes love, heartbreak, quirky characters, tragedy, success.... For the first three-fourths of the book, I was enthralled -- totally engaged by the story and delighted with the smooth lyrical writing. But the last part of the book disappointed a bit. It seemed that the author decided he'd written enough and just "had to get done." The flow of the writing faltered, the story became choppy and the characters faded in intensity and humanity. There was a surprise twist at the end, but by then I'd stopped caring and was eager for the end, just like the author.

3.5 stars for superb writing and engrossing story. Would have been 4.5 if the writing had maintained throughout.
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