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The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
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Jul 22, 12

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Read on July 20, 2012 — I own a copy


An utterly brilliant work, like lace in its weaving, that ends with inexcusable abruptness, almost creating a soap-opera "Next week on The Ruins of Lace," feel, though the book is a standalone novel.

I read this book in one sitting, it was so amazing, and I love Anthony's narrative risk-taking of using so many POVs, including that of a dog, to narrate the novel, but that ending. THAT ENDING! It made me so angry to read this book in one gulp and have such a rushed, unrefined end to the story. I didn't need Ruins to end perfectly, but I needed the resolution to fit the story and feel complete. Instead I left Ruins of Lace feeling utterly bereft and almost rejected by all these characters I was so invested in!

I loved it, but I hated to love it after those last pages.

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