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The Obituary Writer (2013)

by Ann Hood(Favorite Author)
3.69 of 5 Votes: 4
0393346773 (ISBN13: 9780393346770)
W. W. Norton & Company
review 1: I would have had trouble with this book anyway--not much in some of the characters for me to like. Even though I'm not fond of superhero types who are gorgeous, wealthy, all-knowing and connected, neither do I like really weak personalities--at least, not unless there's real growth. But, I never really got to dislike the characters because page 88 just stopped me cold. That was the first place I noticed the author calling her character by the wrong name. How in the world? I can be forgiving of typos (to a limited extent) but I don't recall ever reading a book where the author did this. As a fledgling writer and fiction-tinkerer, I know how thoroughly engrossed in the characters and their world that most writers get. Ann Hood apparently was not. Inexcus... moreable.
review 2: A split time narrative this moves between Claire in 1961 on the eve of JFK's inauguration. Should she leave her loveless marriage or stay and pursue her married lover; then we move to 1919 where Vivien (the obituary writer of the title) mourns her lost love who disappeared following the San Fransisco earthquake a decade earlier. Both characters are likebale and I found this an easy and enjoyable read less
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3.5 stars. A quick read. Interesting contrast between 1919 and 1960.
An engrossing quick read. Something about the ending left me cold.
Don't know why but I LOVED this book!!!
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