This character driven work of fiction is a refreshing change from the densely populated stage of memoirs which are being pushed in the book world. Linda Grant plies the reader with a variety of viewpoints and characters to visualize, cringe at and have an ah-huh with. Her writing is solid with narrative and conversation flowing intermittently between nicely paced chapters that are not overly long. The majority of the story takes place over the pond; but begins with a clever introduction on American soil. Only once did I backtrack to a chapter to realize who the author was speaking about but this was an uncorrected proof I was reading. There’s nothing like great fiction with believable characters. I would read Linda Grant again. LA Carlson

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