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The Summer House: A Trilogy (2013)

by Alice Thomas Ellis(Favorite Author)
3.68 of 5 Votes: 1
1589880862 (ISBN13: 9781589880863)
Paul Dry Books
review 1: So depressing I wasn't sure if I really wanted to finish this book, but I slogged through just to see if there was anything redeeming in the final chapter. What great reviews but great disapointment. The characters, except for Lili, were quite boring, no life, no depth, no soul. All the characters were bland, one dimensional and depressing. They didn't like anyone else, they used each other, they schemed against one another but in ways that the reader knew they would; they were pitiful. Margaret was bland and couldn't make a decision if her life depended on it. Mrs. Monroe was an old biddy that surprisingly showed just a bit of compassion. Lili tied it up just enough at the end that there was some resolution. If this is what we were supposed to get out of this nove... morel, then the author succeeded, but it was a long, boring trip. I received this book from GoodReads in exchange for an honest opinion.
review 2: A great device: a triology of three novellas telling the story of the same misguided wedding. Each first-person narrator brings her own perspective and background to the events, of course, and together the author weaves a whole that is more revealing than any of the individual stories would have been. The book is exceedingly well written and the characters well drawn. However ... I didn't like, or particularly sympathize with, any of the characters. And the book moved at a pace that was ultimately too slow for me. less
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Gripping story, memorable characters.
I read the first one, very good.
From NPR list for 2013
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