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An Unexpected Guest by Anne Korkeakivi
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Feb 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-contemporary
Read from March 02 to 04, 2012

This is a tale that is deceptively simple: a diplomat's wife preparing for an important dinner party. And yet into this simple story, the author weaves a complex tale of lies, regret and the hold the past can have over our lives. With hints of Virginia Woolfe, this book explores the minute detail of one woman's life, showing how the mundane can become something of vital importance.

I found the prose very readable and engaging and I was immediately drawn to Clare's character, wanting to know what would happen as her past collided with the present and future. The supporting cast of characters were also well drawn: from the busy husband to the grumpy teenage son to the larger-than-life cook.

This is not one of those books I'd want to return to again and again, but it is a book well-worth a read and one which will appeal to fans of literary fiction in the style of Mrs Dalloway.

I received this book as a free e-book ARC via NetGalley.

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