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Hilda and Pearl by Alice Mattison
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Nov 28, 2009

did not like it

I had high hopes for this book at its beginning. The premise of a child growing up in the '50s learning about her parents' lives in the '30s hooked me right away. Unfortunately, I found the writing uneven, a story told in the 3 different female character voices, moving back and forth in time, leaving some loose ends while exhausting two themes to distraction. By the time it loops back on itself at its end, I was worn out with the tedium of the presentation and lack of growth in the characters. I am hopeful this family was not based on anyone real. The intertwining of their lives comes across,in the end, as sleazy rather than interesting. While some turns of phrase are beautiful, there was nothing to inspire. Ultimately, the story missed-as either an authentic rendering of relationships or historical fantasy.

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