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Anna In-Between by Elizabeth Nunez
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Sep 24, 2009

really liked it
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A truly beautiful novel. I picked up what I thought was a simple mother/daughter tale and got so much more. It seems as though nothing much happens in 350 or so pages, but a tremendous amount does transpire. Without ostentation or whiz-bang melodrama, we witness the inner workings of tremendously realized and authentic characters. When I say authentic, I mean that I could imagine each of these folks being someone in my office or the coffee shop next door. And in getting to know these characters, there are thoughts and ideas expounded that go so much further than the relationship between one mother and daughter. Everything from colonial legacies, the impact of slavery, intra- and inter- race relations in the US, and some critical insight into the publishing industry's view of writers and communities of color gets dragged into the light here. Nunez has done a fine job, and I would recommend this book highly.
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message 1: by jo (new)

jo ah, you make me want to read this. i always wanted to read this author, but my first exposure to her wasn't very successful. time to try again!

Rashida Jo- this was my first exposure to her. What didn't you like about what you read of hers before this? I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because I found the ending too trite and shallow in comparison to the heft the rest of the novel carries. So if that type of thing bugs you, beware.

message 3: by jo (new)

jo i don't exactly remember what novel of hers i tried, but a friend of mine, who has read all of her work, told me she should have worn me off that one! and nah, a bad ending won't bother me. if a novel is good is good, know what i'm saying? a flaw won't ruin the beauty of the whole. right now, though, i'm reading literature with teens as protagonists, so i think this might have to wait...

Wilhelmina Jenkins This looks like a good one for a LFPC discussion.

Rashida It would actually be really appropriate for the group. Especially interesting to hear the reaction of the writers of color among us. It seems to be a hot button issue right now, too :).

Ernestine We are reading this in my local bookclub. I have just started but I have found it to be in need of a good editor. Yes, detail helps to define characters and place but to much minutia slows the development of the story. The author is doing well in giving me a very personal feel for the country and culture in which she grew up.

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