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A Density of Souls by Christopher  Rice
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Nov 23, 08

Recommended for: New Orleans enthusiasts, melodrama lovers
Read in November, 2008

The book seemed to have small goals at the outset. It was going to be about how a close-knit group of friends change as they got older and all the drama inherent in their shared secrets and betrayals. But then, Rice, taking too much advice from others, made it a story about more and more, adding in rapes, murders, terrorism and incest. The story about four friends was now about them and everything else. It is handled well enough, but seems overdone. I didn't need another excessive look at New Orleans culture, nor did I need the incorporation of the sins of the parents. It all seemed too much. He should have written that simple story about friends, but it became outlandish by the end, which takes longer to get to than you might think because of the size of the pages. This was truly a bait-n-switch.
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