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Fault Lines by Nancy Huston
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Jul 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in July, 2007

Fault Lines is a well-told story about a family with a "defect" that has been passed down through the generations. For some the mole is a burden, the prospect of cancer and an embarrassment. For others it is a friend and a comfort. As time goes by, each generation loses some knowledge of the previous, but they will always have this connection and the desire to know more about it.

This story is separated into four parts, each one is through the eyes of the six year old family member. It begins with Sol, the youngest and newest member of the family. Then it switches to his father Randall in the 80s. Next is Randall's mother Sadie in the 60s, and finally Kristina during the 40s. The time periods play an important role in their lives but do not overshadow the humanity of the people. It is more interesting to read about each person during childhood because of their frankness and their acute observations. Huston's story is well devised and powerful.

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