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Posted December 1, 2009
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Buy, Buy, Buy. I highly recommend this wonderful book. I first read about in a brief interview of Joyce Maynard in the New York Post. She found it hilarious but also deep, not at all superficial.
The story is simple. A man's foster family (his father or grandfather was raised by the ancestors of this particular family) comes to visit the house one summer. Little does the protagonist know that their visit will last 6 weeks and will bring about much drama.
All of the characters are 3 dimensional and will keep you thinking. For example, Austin King. Is he noble or just morally selfish? Nora, is she brilliant or just young, naive and hopelessly in love? Is Martha King the one intelligent redeeming character or just a whiner?
You have to read the book. Toward the end, you are at the edge of your seat and after you finish the conclusion, rather than just forgetting about the story and going to another book, you find yourself rethinking certain scenes and parts of the story. Most of all, you find yourself thinking very deeply about the characters. I started off loving Austin at the beginning and middle of the book. But by the end, I felt that Austin was a wimp and a phony and Martha was the true wise owl.
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