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The Behaviour Of Moths by Poppy Adams
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Jan 02, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, own, family-business
Recommended to Lisa by: Gaye
Read in January, 2010

Really a 3.5, but as I don't have that option, a 3...

At first glance this is the tale of two estranged sisters, now in their seventies, as they are reunited when Vivien suddenly decides to return to the home they grew up in, a crumbling old Gothic mansion that houses a huge collection of moths thanks to the 'family expertise'. As narrated by Ginny who is now something of a recluse and quite probably autistic, it soon becomes apparent however that something is amiss, as memories the two sisters apparently share are subtly different. The rest of the novel is a slow unfolding of the events that took place in their now distant past, and how Ginny decides to deal with what is revealed.

An interesting book with an interesting narrative voice that can't quite be trusted, that's only slightly disappointing come the climax (as Ginny isn't entirely sure what's gone on, neither are we).
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