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Laura Rider's Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton
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Aug 27, 2009

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This book is very different from past books by Jane Hamilton; although it did not grab me like "Map of the World" or Book of Ruth", it is witty, and sometimes a little bizarre. Laura Rider decides she wants to write a romance novel, although she is not much of a reader, and has never written anything before. She has a theory of what women want, not just in their romance books, but from men; they want men who are physically very masculine, but have the emotional makeup of women (nurturing, caring, thoughtful, et.). To test her theory, and to give her material for her book, she begins to attempt to manipulate her husband, and a woman she greatly admires, into a romance. Laura seemingly has little insight into what repercussions this could have, is sometimes a little surprised, but mostly oblivious, to how her ploys affect others. This book was entertaining, although Laura is sometimes very annoying.

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