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The Heights by Peter Hedges
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Apr 18, 10

Read from April 10 to 17, 2010

The Heights is the story of Kate and Time Welch, a young married couple living in Brooklyn whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of a new neighbor, the alluring and enigmatic Anna Brody. On the whole, I liked this book well enough, but expected more from it. Written in short chapters that alternate in viewpoint between Kate and Tim (with a few other characters sometimes thrown into the mix), the pace of the narrative is quick and propels the reader forward. At the same time, however, the style doesn't allow for much character development and everyone, including Kate and Tim, remain somewhat ellusive and superficial. Accordingly, even the seemingly influential Anna Brody never makes much of an impact, a feeling fueled in part by the fact that there isn't much plot to be had here and the reader is left wondering what's the point of it all. Overall, not a bad read, but a rather forgettable one that never really scratches the surface of either the characters or their seemingly consequential actions.
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