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The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny
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Aug 26, 2012

Read from August 24 to 26, 2012

This book frustrated me, because the subject matter is so very interesting. Gabriella, the main character, is never simple. But because she is never simple, we cannot fall for her in a simple, human way. Her stated objective--to find her beloved father and continue to practice medicine--is only half convincing. The love for her father is credible, and the disputes with her mother are very well drawn. But her interest in healing does not feel authentic. Intellectually, I believe her. But in her actions, we never see this love at work. Even her sad back-story of a dead lover feels sketched-in.

I wanted to love Gabriella, but she felt prickly and unreachable.

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