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31 Hours by Masha Hamilton
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Sep 13, 2009

it was amazing
Read in September, 2009

This is a devastatingly good read about a group of loosely-connected people in New York City over a period of (you guessed it) thirty-one hours. We meet three families and learn how they overlap: Sonny and his sister; Jonas and his parents; the sisters Vic, Mara and their parents, all pretty regular folks traveling a Manhattan and Brooklyn landscape that is quite familiar (and more familiar to me than the settings of Hamilton's earlier, terrific, novels). Jonas is a boy like I can imagine one of my boys might be when he's in his twenties: smart, worried about the world, wanting to make a difference. His mom has a hunch that his passion and sensitivity have gotten him into trouble.

I inhaled the novel, reading with increasing tension as the clock ticks toward the end of the thirty-one hours and beginning to wonder to myself how I wanted the book to end. I couldn't decide. Hamilton's conclusion is uncompromising, somehow both shocking and satisfying.
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