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Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham
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Nov 17, 2009

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Read in November, 2009

This book has been on my shelf for a long time. I've been looking for "a good story" with "great characters" for a long time. Oh, look, it works.

I enjoyed the first third of this book immensely. The characters were wonderful and rich. In the second third the characters settled into more two-dimensional stereotypes, but they were still originally written (if not original characters) and enjoyable.

Unfortunately, the final third of the book became tedious. A lot of the major plot points were very obvious in coming. The author seemed to compensate for this by allowing them to occur "offstage." That may be effective for some, but it left me feeling bereft of closure for several characters (spoiler alert: in a book spanning three generations, some characters die...).

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