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Like Family by Paula McLain
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Apr 04, 2011

did not like it
Read in April, 2011

This book just falls flat. Yes, it takes a lot to recall one's childhood being shuttled from foster home to foster home. However, because the author has her Master's in poetry, I expected the book to be well-written, cohesive, and insightful. It is none of those things. McLain just tells what happened in little snippets that sometimes aren't chronological. She introduces characters and scenes that don't connect to anything else she has written. And, ever the poet, she ends every section with some bit of "meaningful" figurative language that seems forced. She had a hard childhood, but doesn't attempt to understand the impact of anything she went through. She reunites with her mother as an adult, yet doesn't ask any of the "why" questions of the woman who left her unexpectedly when she was only four-years-old. Not recommended.

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