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Smoke Paper Mirrors by Anna Tambour
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Apr 16, 2017

really liked it

This book joins the ranks of those novels I have loved that is diminished by any form of review.
It's a book that defies the elevator pitch, the "Oh, what is that book you're reading about?"
The nastiest elements of the Twentieth Century, whilst hiding under the bed and lurking behind the wardrobe door, buffets three generations of a Chinese family.
Ghosts abound, and magic, but the beauty, where you find it, is entrenched in nature; the horror is all too human.
In fragments, rich lives are crafted for a panoply of characters. In fact I should say people because that is what they feel like.
Getting attached to them, as a reader, can be costly, as this is a book about life and a very honest one and we all know how that story ends.
I keep thinking about this book. Not an uncommon phenomenon with Tambour's stuff.
Will it make you feel good? Possibly, if you find Dostoyevsky a cheerful romp.
Will it make you feel? Definitely.
An important work from a important writer.
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Reading Progress

April 6, 2017 – Started Reading
April 6, 2017 – Shelved
April 13, 2017 – Finished Reading

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