Sara Kramer

Highlights & Notes

The Assistant

Can't remember when a book has moved me so much (for all its sometimes heavy-handed plot twists). I teared up on the subway, and actually cried a little at home. How can such a sad book not be dreary? I don't know, but Malamud manages beautifully.

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The Wrong Mother

Perfect vacation reading. Lots of twists I hadn't seen coming. (A few times it perhaps goes too far in trying to be twisty, shocky). Sophie Hannah is no Ruth Rendell, but this book had everything I was hoping for, but didn't find, in Little Face (the previous book of hers I'd read).

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Amazing Disgrace

Wonderfully witty and amusing (and silly and profane). Read this (the 2nd in a trilogy) without having read the first, but to no apparent harm. Recommended.

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How It All Began

There's nothing wrong with this book, I just don't feel compelled to continue with it. Actually, there IS something that rubs me the wrong way, a shallow demonization of the contemporary upper-middle classes. It might improve, I just think there are better things I could be reading.

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Act of Passion

The sexual politics (and sexual neurosis) in this novel are tricky and fascinating, even more so than in other Simenon's I've read. Would make a good book club book.

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Blueprints for Building Better Girls

This is confirming my belief that contemporary short fiction just isn't for me.

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Faithful Place

Disappointed. Had heard very good things about this writer. Not bad at all, just not standout.

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Nightingale Wood

This took a while to get going, but as it progresses, it reveals surprising depths and truths about love. I sort of wanted to dislike it, but it won me over in the end.

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A Pure Clear Light

This author comes recommended, but the book was fairly banal. Not a difficult read, though.

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The Pitchfork 500

Surprisingly well (and not wankily) done. A long view that makes a case for each song & its place in the development of musical styles. A formalist approach that I don't always understand but that I appreciate.

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