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The Unfortunates by Laurie Graham
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May 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, postal-book-group
Read from May 10 to 14, 2012

I galloped through this; it's a frothy read, very entertaining. Of course it's not realistic -- Poppy is ridiculous -- but I really enjoyed the caricatures of New York Jews, bohemian Americans in Paris in the 1930s, and, especially, upper-class English people. Very well observed, and there are moments of pathos too, that stop it being completely frivolous. She rather reminds me of Zoë Heller, but less misanthropic -- some of the characters here are actually nice. Not Poppy though :)

The ending fell a bit flat, although I can't really decide how it should have ended. The first half was definitely better than the second.

A book I wouldn't have read without the book group, so thanks!
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