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Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney
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Dec 02, 08

Read in December, 2008

Probably the best part of this fresh and fast-paced novel is the stubbornly self-reliant protagonist's acceptance of her parents as human. That sounds like a cliche, but it's actually the most subtle transformation in a forest of other easy-reading dramas contained within this book. Nudged into understanding by the myths of Ovid's Metamorphoses woven throughout this short text, the reader discovers a young woman who worships her late mother and her elusive father as if they were gods. But then, ta-da! She finds out they're only human. And she's human, too. And ain't life grand.

Still, this is one occasion when easy-reading isn't necessarily a bad thing. This was a delightful read, and one that was difficult to put down. Yes, it was predictable, but only because the average reader is wizened with the universal experiences this little Maine island girl is encountering for the first time. In fact, it should probably be read by college kids who still shiver with excitement at the sight of a coffee cart in New York City. But it can be equally refreshing for anyone looking to luxuriate in the days where obligations are few and potential is everywhere.

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