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The Red House by Mark Haddon
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May 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: favorite-authors, fiction, early-reviewer-s-edition
Read from May 13 to 21, 2012

This book is about families, with all their warts. The characters are rich and true to life. I work with a Melissa, have a Dominic in my family, and know an Angela. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and getting to know each of the characters. I wanted to hug Benjy and talk to Richard, Louisa, Alex, and Daisy. I felt sympathy for Angela and was glad I could easily avoid Melissa.

I was very pleased to receive this book from's Early Reviewer's program. They often gift me with books, but almost always non-fiction. As a result, I expected to have to buy this one. I enjoy Haddon's writing and love his wonderful, often quirky characters. Haddon is, like Annie Proulx, a writer who requires that you pay attention and be ready for his humor. He makes me laugh out loud with his biting wit. May he write for many, many years to come.
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