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A Day at the Beach by Helen Schulman
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May 03, 12

bookshelves: book-club, germany, modernfiction, 9-11
Read from April 16 to May 02, 2012

You spend the first fifty pages of this book waiting for it to happen. And then it finally does and you realize very little of the plot is predicated on the particulars of that date. Schulman strikes a fantastic balance here between focusing on the historical details of that day and the subjective experience of her characters, neither of them ever seem too heavy handed. While the story that unrolls once or twice bumps up against the edges of plausibility, the result is a bittersweet and satisfying exploration of a relationship and an entire culture in the aftermath of a day that none of us are likely to ever forget.
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Reading Progress

04/16/2012 page 16
7.0% "I'm already worried this is really going to put me thru it."
04/25/2012 page 40
18.0% "Already an "Ah-HA" moment on the title."
04/29/2012 page 89
40.0% "Onwards."
05/02/2012 page 120
54.0% "I'm on an emotional rollercoaster and I want to get off."
05/02/2012 page 212
95.0% "Woof. Full review tomorrow."
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