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This is not a continuation of the author's original memoir - no one person should have more than one memoir's worth of heartbreak.If you expect this book to be like the author's first work, you will be disappointed.The saddest part of all is that the main character is supposed to be 32. Although it is quite different in style and focus than "What Remains", it obviously covers some of the same ground.I am 32 (ish) and love classic movies and even I did not get most of the references she made to pop culture. I cannot believe the author thought she could write fiction and that this even got published. There are some very funny moments, but I don't think this is the "chick lit" book some have described it to be.
I recognized some of what she discussed from talks I had with my mother and she was widowed almost sixty years ago I just finished reading this book.
What that leaves us with is mostly the heroine's interior monologue, which is perfectly fine if you have a well crafted character with interesting things to say. A flimsy device on which to hang flimsy thoughts, and no matter how nicely Radziwill expresses those thoughts, their absolute lack of substance cannot be escaped.
(the other characters are similarly insubstantial -- I actually put down the book and thought "those characters did not exist," not because they are fictional, but because there was absolutely nothing to them).
Underneath the fictional story, she also addressed what I suspect are some timeless truths of dealing with being widowed.
I recognized some of what she discussed from talks I had with my mother and she was widowed almost sixty years ago now. Having been involved in this discussion of #Bookgate today, made me particularly sensitive to what Carole said about writing and how she feels about it.