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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    I read another book by this author and really liked it, so when

    I read another book by this author and really liked it, so when I saw this book at a tag sale, I snatched it up. Sadly, this one just doesn't seem to hold my attention. The narrator in the story is just too messed up and I while I get the general idea that she and her two brothers are working through their fears and grief for their father with laughter and jokes, I just keep wanting to shake this woman and tell her to grow up. She constantly peppers her narrative with mini stories about all sorts of odd people that live in her town and who appear to be burned out on drugs and alcohol. For that matter, there is no explanation as to how this woman is able to own or rent a cabin, keep her home stocked with alcohol and weed, and apparently pay her bills on $16 a week. None of it makes sense. I just cannot identify with this character. This is one of Ann Lamott's earlier works, so I think she has gotten a lot better over time. 

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