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The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles
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Oct 21, 2009

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My mother-in-law passed this on to get my opinion. She'd read it in a book group and the group, as a whole, loved it, but my mother-in-law hadn't been able to engage with the novel. I would like to have sat in the group discussion to hear the comments of why they loved the book because I agree with my mother-in-law. I tried, but somewhere it didn't connect with me.

The story follows two sisters whose lives diverge in the mountains of Brazil but are still connected in many interesting ways. The de Pontes does a good job of using chronology and time to further the novel, but I feel that the characters were used by the history (rather than using the history). The premise of the story is okay, and the history is very interesting, but I found myself skimming the story to get to out of the characters and on to the plot.

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