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Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
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Aug 04, 09

Read in February, 2008

This book, all about character development, is narrated by a diverse cast of characters in early 20th-century London: a proto-feminist who struggles with her identity; her husband, who is baffled by her; their strong daughter; the daughter's best friend, a flighty, self-centered girl; and her parents, both very conventional Victorian parents. Another main character (though never a narrator) is the nearby cemetery, where the girls like to meet & where many of the story's shaping events take place. It's also where they meet & befriend a young gravedigger's apprentice who occasionally narrates. They're all interesting characters who, together, illuminate the transition from Victorian to 20th-century England. It's certainly chick lit, with some unrealistic proto-feminism & a melodramatic denouement, but it's interesting, classy chick lit melodrama.
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