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Queen of the Underworld by Gail Godwin
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Aug 05, 09

Read in April, 2007

A disappointment from one of my favorite authors. Right through to the last page, it felt like she was setting up a story that never took off. A young woman who, in the first pages, has just graduated from the journalism school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, takes a job at the Miami Star (in part because the 40+-year-old married man with whom she began an affair when she worked for him the previous summer), and a room in a hotel in 1959 occupied mostly by Cuban exiles as they flee Castro's rise to power. I suppose I could chalk this up as another failed novel about the Cuban Revolution, though that story is secondary to the primary one, whatever it is, perhaps the story of a young woman defining herself personally & professionally.
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