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Good Things I Wish You by A. Manette Ansay
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Oct 30, 09

Read in October, 2009

This is the most unusual novel I've read in a while, and I really enjoyed it. The protagonist, Jeanette, is trying to write an historical novel about the long friendship (or was it more?) between pianist Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahams. Jeanette is newly divorced, trying to figure out if she can be friends with her ex, and also wondering if there could be something more to her new friendship with a man who offers to help her translating Clara's diaries and letters. The novel moves back and forth between Clara's story and Jeanette's, interspersing the text with photo-collages of Clara's letters, diaries, Jeanette's photographs and drafts, etc. Both Clara and Jeanette are mothers, and of course artists, and their reflections on combining motherhood and creative work were fascinating to me.
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