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The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton
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May 21, 2012

it was ok

This novel of four women's three-decades long friendship was tedious where it was meant to be profound, and boring where it was meant to be compelling. The author tries to draw the reader in by creating a mystery about the four women, their relationships, and their pasts -- she refers to characters and events in the women's shared history obliquely, forcing the reader to keep reading in order to fill in the back story. (As an example, it takes over 15% of the book to figure out that one of the characters the women keep name-dropping is, in fact, one of their brothers!) While this device works for the first 50 pages, it quickly becomes maddening. Even more clumsily, the author alters the first-person narrative among the four women, without distinguishing their voices clearly. Finally, while the four women are supposed to be lifelong soulmates, they don't seem to like each other very much and spend much of the book sniping at each other in what is an overly-contrived situation that strands them together on an island for a weekend.

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