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"Hill has written a breakneck, wisecracking, tenderhearted, socially revealing portrait of an unusual early 1960s American marriage." -Booklist
Posted November 21, 2009
This book is a small miracle. I am still shocked that it is not more famous. Perhaps in one hundred years, they will look back and see it for the work of astounding literary quality that it is.
It is not told in a traditional plot form. The chapters skip ahead over several years, alternating between wife's and husband's points of view. The story is told with broad stokes, so you get a very general idea of their marriage, but a very specific feeling for the emotions.
Simply a great novel.
Posted September 28, 2006
The author's fictional (or factual) recall of his mother and father is presented in a fascinating manner -- as if the parents were (alternatingly) recounting their lives. But the free association style, which often sounds like channeling, makes this a book impossible to put down. Mr. Hill's interspection and use of the language, make it difficult to believe this is a first effortWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2006
An evocative, poignant, emotionally charged narrative delivered with great humanity. Hill is a master craftsman of language. We are witnessing the debut of an important figure in American literature.beren674Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.