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Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley
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Oct 12, 08

really liked it
Read in October, 2008

Whatever genre Jane Smiley is covering, what remains consistent is the depth of her character studies. Even more fascinating than the individual characters, however, is the subtle and highly realistic way in which she captures relationships among people. When you finish her books you would swear that the characters are real people living somewhere in the world.

This book could be called a murder mystery. It really isn't. It covers relationships between friends and lovers and questions what we really know about the people we feel closest to. It's a little unsettling, has a satisfying ending (almost too satisfying) and is just plain a good story to boot.
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