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Posted August 15, 2006
Where is the rest of the story?
I listened to this on audio which was the first book I have read/listened to by Anne Lamott. As others have mentioned, there was great development of the characters, with the exception of a bit much with the pets. I did often feel as if some areas were too long. I feel guilty when not finishing a book, so I did complete it (what else to do in the car on the way to/from work?). Maybe I did not enjoy it as much because I have not yet encountered some of the life experiences that Mattie was going through. I was so confused and frustrated at the end as I felt there were so many things unresolved. What happens with Mattie's mother? Her newly-discovered brother? Her mother's wedding to her deceased husband's lover? I found myself on this website looking for the sequel and found there is not one, right?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2006
i loved lamott's traveling mercies and was looking forward to this novel. i find her writing compellingly beautiful and accurate (as it was here). but i found this novel boring, with a severe paucity of plot and over-abundance of characters. i'm all for character development, but i was annoyed by the paragraphs and pages devoted to discussion of mattie's cats, dog, and especially otis, the lizard. i disliked the sometimes sanctimonious religious discussions. i tired of mattie asking god for help and then sleeping with her ex-husband--a married man. i couldn't wait to finish this book--but for all the wrong reasons. it is easily 100 pages too long.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.