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We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White
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A title like this suggest a serious morality play. It’s clever and ironic and sets you up to expect more than what you get. What you get isn’t inconsiderable, mind you, it’s two lives followed from early years to advanced middle age as two friends Eve and Daniella navigate the turbulent political waters of America from the early 1960s until the early 1990s. Three significant tumultuous decades, during which Eve and Daniella undergo various changes as they become variously engaged with the sociopolitics of the times. Eve starts out as a very mild and sheltered character, but as the weaker of the two, soon becomes radicalized and wastes years on that scene before getting her act together. Daniella as a more moderate character, finds a much more sustainable personal balance. The two drift apart only to eventually come back together on a more equally shared plane while raising their daughters. So you get to observe not just one, but two sets of young women coming of age, differently enough to inspire all sorts of nature/nurture considerations. It’s an interesting concept, but all these questions of morality and social consciousness and personal involvement consistently get wrapped up too neatly for all their inherent complexity. It’s almost as if the author set out to write a very serious heavy novel, but always wanted it to be nice. And nice just isn’t the right adjective for proper literature. If this was a tv drama show, it would be something on the major network where it can maintain a certain level of lightness and quaintness as oppose to a premium network where there is way more morally gray territory. Basically, yeah, it’s too quaint for the complexity of its subjects and themes. And, frankly, too estrogeny too. This is definitely women’s fiction, though it wasn’t sold as such. The reviews on Goodreads alone are a proof of that. And actually the reviews are very favorable, so I’m possibly in the minority on this. But for me, was a decent read, but left a lot to be desired. The cover's great, though. Such a genius take on duality. Thanks Netgalley.
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May 9, 2019 – Started Reading
May 10, 2019 – Finished Reading
May 14, 2019 – Shelved

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Elyse Walters You sure wrote a great thoughtful review

Bandit Thanks very much 😊

message 3: by Liz (new) - rated it 3 stars

Liz Great review, you’ve captured a lot of my issues with this book.

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