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Tea by Stacey D'Erasmo
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Jul 15, 12

bookshelves: to-read, fiction
Read in September, 2012

This book was a New York Times Notable Book, maybe that is what put it on my reading list. In any case, I looked forward to something that would touch my emotions and expand my understanding of the human condition. I was sorely disappointed. This was not a bad book, but I kept waiting for it to get better, to give me more of the characters and their relationships. I felt I was looking at a surface, but the depths were murky. Perhaps that is because the characters were murky. Isabel is searching for answers, for the right future. But she doesn't confront the things that keep her from finding them. I didn't have the sense that she was afraid, I felt that her character was not developed enough in the story. We see glimpses of relationships, but not enough of any of them to understand the dynamics. The end of the book really surprised me; it was unexpected and made no sense.

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