Monday, July 2, 2012
I was impressed. I think McKay really does a great job of crossing the line between literary fiction and women's fiction. I'm not sure I can squarely put her in either category, which is a positive thing in my opinion. Too often literary fiction addresses ideas and neglects the story; conversely, women's fiction addresses the story and neglects the ideas. I also think women's fiction can be too easily placed in a box that has limited appeal. While I think this book will primarily appeal to women, I think it's something that can be read and enjoyed by men as well. As far as quality goes, absolutely no issues.
Oh man. I read it in two sittings, even though it's a fairly dense book, in terms of length as well as depth. It was just absolutely engrossing. I loved Moth so much. She's a very young heroine and, due to her chosen profession, it's easy to forget that, but McKay does a great job of reminding the reader at times just how young Moth is. It's a fascinating and heartbreaking story and I don't think McKay resorts to sentimentality to get her points across.
I highly recommend giving this one a try. It's deep, but accessible and absolutely fascinating. Moth is a wonderful character. My only dislike were the bits of information inserted into the story by Dr. Sadie. Most of them were historical notes and I didn't really think they contributed much to the story, even in terms of cultural and historical relevance. If the author describes a dress, for example, I don't need an additional side note with a more in-depth description of the dress. Those were easily avoided though and the rest of the story completely made up for it. Definitely give this one a try.
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Posted by Julie G at 5:56 PM