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All is Vanity by Christina Schwarz
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Mar 30, 09

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At first I found this book amusing, but as the story developed I began to chafe at the self indulgence and self absorption of both Margaret and Letty. Letty's e-mails were entertaining, but the consumerism (is that spelled right) and "keeping up with the Jones" attempts soured me. And as for Margaret, she's lucky she married an understanding and forgiving man... I think the author tried to show us how both characters grew, but it seemed too little, too late.

However, the book kept me reading, because I just had to see how far each woman would dig herself in before she began to claw out, and had to see what the solution was. I really admired the way the author chose to tidy it up, without taking the obvious course (don't want to give too much of a spoiler here). This was a completely different type of book than Drowning Ruth, also by this author, which I also read, and also found disturbing. But unlike that book, I felt there was redemption of a sort here.
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