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The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald
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May 23, 2012

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Read from May 23 to June 04, 2012

For the most part, I enjoyed The Irresistible Henry House. The whole concept of the "practice house" was interesting and I kept imagining what it would be like to grow up as one of those children. Would it have been better to stay in an orphanage and not be a practice house baby? Or, despite the potential confusion of so many women "raising" you for your first two years, is it still better to have had that one-on-one attention? I felt sorry for Martha but never really liked her as a character. These kinds of stories always make me reflect on the nature vs. nurture debate. Was Henry's difficulty staying in one place, trusting people and committing because he was raised by different women or because the most important women in his life were selfish and didn't have his best interests at heart? If Henry hadn't discovered the truth about his childhood, how would his life have been different? How about the fact that he never had a male role model? Definitely some food for thought in this novel and it should make for some good book club discussion.


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