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A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball
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Jun 25, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: midlife, boomer-lit

This book is about three middle-aged women who buy an old mansion together, which is a rich setting for a story through which women can live vicariously. Unfortunately, it's a rough start, with lots of narration, none of which is in the point of view of any of the three characters. There's no internal dialogue, just a lot of talking, acting, and the narrator providing loads of scene description and exposition.

But the women are likable and funny; as the story progresses we grow to care about them and other characters. There's decent dramatic tension. Best of all, the author has the woman thing down. I laughed at such passages as this: "The women gathered on the porch for their evening ritual, comfortable in cotton drawstring shorts and tank tops without bras...when the workmen were around (they dressed better). But when the day was done, and they sat splay-legged in their rockers, or with their feet propped up on the railing, sipping wine and watching the evening, it didn't matter whether their armpits were shaved or their varicose veins were showing. They were home."

There's a lot to like in the overall story, and I recommend it.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
June 25, 2014 – Shelved
June 25, 2014 – Shelved as: midlife
June 25, 2014 – Finished Reading
January 4, 2016 – Shelved as: boomer-lit

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