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The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright
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Apr 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: e-books, global-ebook-awards, historical-fiction

3.5/5 Stars.

Lee Fullbright's "The Angry Woman Suite" is the story of three generations of the Grayson family, each one holding its deep, dark secrets.

The primary narrator and protagonist is Elyse, who is around 9 years old when the book begins. Unfortunately, she was difficult to connect with. I found the story of Aidan Madsen, a peripheral observer of the Grayson family's trials and tribulations, far more compelling and wished that there was more focus on him.

In any event, Elyse tells the story of her abusive stepfather (those who have survived similar behaviors may find the book triggering) Francis, who in turn explains his misogyny by talking about how much he hates his mother (Magdalene) and her two sisters. Everything is always the fault of "those bitches," in Francis' eyes.

Aidan is the town music teacher and an amateur historian. He decides to write a journal for Francis that explains much of how his family became what it was. Aidan's narrative is by far the most interesting part of the book.

The book's title comes from a fictional series of portraits made of Magdalene, and much is made of a mysterious figure in the background of one of them -- despite it never being explained.

It was an okay read, with some grammatical errors ("bone fide" instead of "bona fide," for example). Those who enjoy family sagas would probably like it.
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Reading Progress

April 24, 2012 – Started Reading
April 24, 2012 – Shelved
April 24, 2012 – Shelved as: e-books
April 24, 2012 –
page 3
0.79%
April 25, 2012 –
page 4
1.06%
May 1, 2012 –
page 22
5.82%
May 1, 2012 –
page 49
12.96%
May 3, 2012 –
page 79
20.9% "One does not crochet with two needles; one *knits* with two needles. One crochets with a single hook. Argh."
May 4, 2012 –
page 102
26.98%
May 5, 2012 –
page 132
34.92% "Not digging this book very much (BTW it's 314 pages in eBook, which is what I'm reading ... I keep having to work out the mathematical percentages)."
May 6, 2012 –
page 151
39.95%
May 6, 2012 –
page 151
39.95%
May 6, 2012 – Shelved as: global-ebook-awards
May 7, 2012 –
page 173
45.77%
May 14, 2012 –
page 185
48.94%
May 16, 2012 –
page 230
60.85% "If I were not reading this for GeBA, I would abandon it. :-/ "Bone fide"? Really?"
May 18, 2012 –
page 260
68.78%
May 18, 2012 –
page 302
79.89%
May 21, 2012 – Finished Reading
September 7, 2012 – Shelved as: historical-fiction

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