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What Doesn't Kill You by Virginia DeBerry
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Nov 29, 2009

Read in November, 2009

In their latest novel /What Doesn't Kill You Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant have offered a new style and new voice - first person.
This timely novel is told from the experience of the novel's main character Tee Hodges who has found that she must reinvent herself just as she reaches her prime.
As usual, one of the most enjoyable elements of DeBerry/Grant novels is that their characters are mature women, not retired grandmothers but women in their forties and early fifties - a segment often overlooked in popular fiction.
While the first person writing was good, there were times as a reader I wanted to know what others thought of the many skirmishes Tee found herself in the midst of, and their perspective of her as a person.
On the opposite end of that, utilizing this voice the reader is definitely given the opportunity to form her own view of Ms. Hodges without the help of outside opinions.
The reader really gets to know Tee Hodges and as she takes her journey through life's many pitfalls and the first person dialogue gives one the feeling of sitting at the coffee table as your best friend laments about her life.
A quick and enjoyable read with a good dose of humor and tension to keep you turning the pages.

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