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Strange Fits Of Passion by Anita Shreve
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May 28, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: addiction, family, thought-provokers, romance
Read from May 28 to July 16, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

I've read Testimony by Anita Shreve so I knew of her detailed developing style, this one however took me by suprise at the subtlety Shreve used when approaching such a humongous, sensitive and well-covered issue.

The first thing I noticed in this book was that it's set up as research for a magazine article and it never once wavers unless it is meant (in Maureen/Mary's recount only). That is a sign of a truly great book for me at least. This is mainly made by a outside narrative with a past narrative which is interspersed with interviews from various townspeople from St. Hilarie. If you look at how much action actually happens in the book it's surprisingly little, but don't let that put you off! Due to the style and Shreve's technical ability as an author you cannot stop reading this book.

Not only that but you want to know! Is what she saying true? If so why is she saying it? If it's true it's a horrificly plausible and you can't help but feel for Mary Amesbury and wish her well. I rooted for her seriously throughout the entire book, I even condoned behaviour I wouldn't normally consider condoning.

The characterisation within the book is fantastic too, they become real people! It made me almost beleive that these people were real and that each account was real.

All in all this book really touched me with it's message and Shreves storytelling ability...
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