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Secret Son by Laila Lalami
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Sep 27, 2009

it was ok
Read in September, 2009

Meh. Another lackluster choice for Seattle Reads (this is the pick for 2010). I really can't see what the book groups will have to talk about except (as one of my colleagues who shall remain unnamed commented) all the ways this book doesn't work. As a family drama/tragedy it's not bad reading, especially the mother/son relationship (I felt that the father/daughter relationship was completely predictable and embodied all of the worst cliches about patriarchal societies). But the social critiques and the terrorist theme felt forced and tacked on, and didn't provide any compelling insights into the psychology of a potential terrorist in a Muslim society. Seattle, it's probably not worth your time. . .
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Mindy I was pretty disappointed when I heard this was the next Seattle Reads pick. The plot felt forced and hurried, and the writing unpolished. I gave it an extra star, though, because there was a dramatic accident on the freeway while I was reading this on the bus, and I was grateful to have something to read for th extra long commute.

message 2: by Erin (new) - rated it 1 star

Erin As part of Seattle Reads, I am leading our branch's book club dicussion tomorrow for this book. I was looking through the reviews to try to understand why anyone enjoyed this book. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. I agree with both of you - it felt forced, predictable and cliche. I'll be interested in how my group responds.

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