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Memoirs of a Muse by Lara Vapnyar
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Oct 04, 07

Read in January, 2007

i would have given this five stars if not for the last sixty pages, which revealed not only awkward moments of dialogue, but the two-dimensionality of her supporting cast. i found myself wondering, is this just chick lit? no, it isn't. it's much smarter, but it did strain credibility many times. i doubt any real "mark" would have been so easily contented and not shown frightening bouts of anger to his muse, but then, i was never anyone's anna grigorievna so perhaps i shouldn't use my own experiences to question tanya's oddly stable if unsatisfying arrangement with mark. in the end, i was not disappointed and will move on to her book of short stories after making more progress in brothers karamazov.
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