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Posted September 23, 2004
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.
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Posted February 12, 2002
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.
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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.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.