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The Brambles by Eliza Minot
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Jan 05, 2011

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Read from May 04 to 15, 2010

I read about this book in O Magazine. I know, I know. But the plot summary sounded so intriguing, and I thought I would love it. Well, not so much. The first 9/10ths of this book sets up (it turns out, clumsily) a plot twist toward the end. I call it a "plot twist," as if there is much of a plot TO twist. Most of the book is spent introducing the characters, who are fairly interesting, but I never felt very connected to them -- maybe that's part of the problem. I kept waiting and waiting for something to actually happen. Were these people going somewhere? Was there a point? Because it didn't feel like it.

And then the aforementioned "plot twist" happens. I can just think of so many better ways to take that twist and craft it into an engaging novel with characters you care about. The Brambles definitely didn't do it my way.

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