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The Mothers' Group by Fiona Higgins
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May 23, 2012

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Read in June, 2012

This was a well-written book with a good, strong plot and interesting structure. I just thought - and I think this is probably coming from a writer's, rather than a reader's perspective - that the characters were a little cliched. There was exactly the mix I'd expect - the high flying lawyer, the substance abuser, the single mum, the warm, competent mum etc. I am also increasingly challenged by the contemporary idea that someone from an economically struggling country represents a purer, more compassionate or just unsullied view of the world. But, good plot, interesting structure and I read it from beginning to end. If you're a new writer, check out the structure.

I've been a little harsh with my stars here.

An engaging read over a couple of nights.

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