Sunday, January 09, 2005

Susan Isaacs

I just finished Any Place I Hang My Hat, by Susan Isaacs.

It's not bad--not at all. There are just bits that seem out of place, and it's unclear where it's going at times, and the emotional climax isn't quite as cathartic as I'd have liked it to be, and she overuses some of her best writing tricks--her detailed observations of annoying people, for example, or being inside the head of someone having an instant panic reaction caused by jumping to conclusions.

I will say only this: read Shining Through, read Lily White, and read Almost Paradise. And, for my money, stop there.

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