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Reclaiming Paris by Fabiola Santiago
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May 24, 12

bookshelves: chicklits
Read in February, 2012

Pulitzer prize winning journalist’s first fiction novel.

The writing is very dense and lush and rococo. It feels overgrown, like foliage with too much humidity and not enough pruning. It’s evocative of the tropics and Miami but I feel like I’m wading through too much description to get to the meat of the story.

The story jumps around everywhere at the beginning and Santiago seems to hit her stride when she starts telling Jose Antonio’s life story. Perhaps I wish she had made that the beginning and then introduced herself as his lover? The story feels intensely memor-ish with fictional trappings and there are moments of truth that are smothered in “story.” I think there’s a great story in here but it’s buried.

I can tell that she’s a more seasoned writer than is typical for a first novel but I do wish it had been more fiercely edited.

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