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A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff
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Dec 13, 2008

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I finished this book several weeks ago and have delayed writing my review because I wanted to see if my reaction to this story changed any over time. Nope. This book is a huge undertaking (both from the author's point of view and the reader's). The story follows a group of college friends as they leave college face the real world. The author writes this epic from the point of view of 5 of the 6 members of the group. The writing is good, the flow of the story is the ultimate problem. More than a few of the characters are largely unlikeable, but just when the reader starts to feel a connection or even an interest in the character, the chapter ends and we're off on another entirely different character and sometimes an entirely different year. Sometimes the loose ends get tied up, sometimes not, leaving huge gaps in the story flow that keeps the reader feeling like they are jumping from stepping stone to stepping stone across the river of this story. Perhaps this book would have been more effective as a collection of related short stories instead of a mildly cohesive narrative.
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Jackie You really hit the nail on the head with the pacing of this novel. I'm a bit more than halfway through and completly frustrated with the gaps in the story.

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