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Mary and O'Neil by Justin Cronin
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really liked it
bookshelves: usa, whisky-charlie-foxtrot, 2012-faves
Recommended for: People who like Ann Patchett

This was the most wonderful book. It was like the opposite of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, in that it chronicled the life of a couple over a long period, but focused on the connection between them instead of the fragmentation. Not that I didn't love Freedom. But this was like an antidote to poison!

Mary and O'Neil has six chapters, each of which function as complete stories in their own right, but together, build a picture of a family life over time. The stories focus on pivotal moments in the characters' lives and are sad, funny, compassionate, tender and deeply moving.

Justin Cronin is my new favourite, and this is my favourite of his books - one I know I will read again and again.

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Reading Progress

June 17, 2012 – Started Reading
June 17, 2012 – Shelved
June 19, 2012 – Finished Reading
June 20, 2012 – Shelved as: usa
November 5, 2012 – Shelved as: whisky-charlie-foxtrot
December 17, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012-faves

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