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Iron Shoes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    slow moving

    This book was just plain slow! It seems all she did was complain and take a lot of verbal abuse from a lot of people. It was very frustrating for me to see her just stand for all of this and not do anything about it except complain all the more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    Good story-teller.

    A good read and interesting tale of a woman feeling the pressures of feeling stuck in a rut. A lot of us may feel like life handed us the short end of the stick, but if we don't look in the mirror and figure a way out of that feeling, we stay there forever. Kay's journey to find her own life is one we can all relate to at one time or another. I recommend this book to anyone that doesn't mind if things don't turn out exactly perfect in the end, but come out real. Would like to see a sequel to this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    a departure from the stories

    I discovered Molly Giles through her stories--first Rough Translations, then Creek Walk--and Iron Shoes was a departure: an old-fashioned, immersive "family novel." That is, the sort of novel that examines the most intimate (which often means the ugliest) workings of a family. The hatred, resentment, and also the blinding love. It's not a long novel but it has heft. It's an experience. Sometimes the characters will tire you out. That's not a weakness, it's just the way people are, and Molly Giles writes people. (The stories are more after the manner of, say, Joy Williams--perfect distillations of moments and feelings that can only be described in one particular way.)

    I like to read at least a few novels like Iron Shoes in a year. Other examples that come to mind are Halfway House, by Katharine Noel, and Long for This World, by Michael Byers.

    Look, I hate writing reviews, but Iron Shoes deserved a higher "average star rating" than 2 1/2. Come on.

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