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A Good Story
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2018
3.5 stars. Sometimes I find it best to take a break between reading two books by the same author, because often the writing style is so similar that I almost feel like I'm reading the same book - if any of you can relate. Having just finished An American Marriage I dove straight into this because I loved the idea of a story about two sisters, Dana and Chaurisse (who share a bigamist father) as well as the story about their mothers. This was a very good novel - well written and engaging with well fleshed out characters - but it didn’t hook me as emotionally as her other book. It also made me a angry because I think the author was attempting to garner sympathy for ALL of the characters, but I had a strong dislike toward Gwen, the second (and illegal) wife. To knowingly marry a man with another wife and child I find personally reprehensible and had no sympathy for the emotional repercussions she had as a result of her situation. I also felt very badly for her daughter, Dana, who had to spend her life feeling second-best as a result of her mother's selfish stupidity. (And obviously I found James, the two-timing lout of a father pathetic, weak, and unfair to everyone - no sympathy AT ALL for his sorry self.) There can never be a good outcome in a situation like that. As I said, the book was well written but the pacing was a bit slow. I would have preferred to read more about the consequences and fallout of their situations and less about their backstories. While there were examples of some consequences throughout the book the ending and epilogue felt rushed.