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The World Without You by Joshua Henkin
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Bottom line, The World Without You is a very well written examination of what grief can do to the family dynamic, but it can sometimes seem like it is the never ending story. The critics are just raving about this book, but frankly I wasn't all that impressed. I did not find myself overcome with any kind of emotion, in fact the only emotion I felt was impatience. I found some of the characters are less likable than others, but isn't that par for the course in any family? I found the "politics" of this family in direct contradiction with my own, and I think that is where some of my impatience generated. Sometimes watching the characters deal with their grief almost feels like an intrusion, and that can be a bit uncomfortable. But overall this novel about families and grief is one that many of us can relate to, I mean we all can relate to grief and loss, no?
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Jeanne Charlotte...your review is right on target. Some good writing but the constant "Bush-Bashing" was a bit overboard & detracted from the story. 3 stars for writing, 1 star for politics = 2 stars. Could have benefited with a better editing job.


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