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The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
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Jan 13, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2010
Recommended for: anyone who enjoyed The Red Tent
Read in January, 2009

What a fabulous first read for 2010! Having read The Red Tent, I really enjoy Anita Diamant's work. This was no exception. Once again Diamant transports us to a time and place where many people have difficulty imagining life and explains in brilliance and clarity the nature of human spirit in a tangible, reach-out-and-touch-the-people kind of way. The characters are true to life and I found myself matching my friends' and family's faces to the characters. I feel Diamant really delved into giving backstory for nearly every character introduced. My absolute favorite was Easter, and I feel nearly everyone has an "Easter" in their life- the short girl with the golden giggle who truly defines the meaning of a loyal friend.

My only regret is the feeling it ended too soon. I would have liked a "bigger" ending. Whether I wasn't ready for it to end or whether the author took a slightly cliche "out" at the end is up for debate. Maybe we suffered from a little of both.

Coincidentally, I happened to discover Ella Fitzgerald singing "Betwitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" at the time I was reading this and to be it seemed to encapsulate the feelings between Judy Rhines and her mysterious lover. No spoilers here. You'll just have to read it yourself.

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