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Strange Fits of Passion by Anita Shreve
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Mar 07, 2010

really liked it
Read from March 07 to 09, 2010

I really liked this book and found it quite difficult to put down.

The protaganist, Mary, is a 26 year old woman who flees her abusive husband with her baby in the early hours of the morning, after a particularly brutal bashing. She ends up in a small town in Maine where for a while at least she has a "normal" life. The book is told through the POV of the protaganist, a journalist and other people in the town.

The writing is raw and powerful, and the abuse in particular is harrowing.

I loved how the sea and the town were described. At times dark and ominous like Mary's life and then with glimpses of sun and light like Mary's brief times of happiness in some of the relationships she forged in the town.

It is so interesting to sit back and reflect on this book about the power of people, particularly writers and journalists and how we can, all of us, if we are motivated to, twist the words, spin the story, erase the facts.

Beautiful book.

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03/08/2010 page 170
49.71% "Great read so far!"

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