I saw this book on many a best-seller table when someone at work offered me her copy of the book. She offered me the warning that she didn’t like it much.
The reviews were great, so I gave it a try.
The writing is very nice. Strout does a good job of developing the character of Lucy and making the complications of Lucy’s relationship with her mother clear.
However, I couldn’t find the plot. Not at all. This reads like a character development exercise in a creative writing class. No attempt at pacing. No attempt at plot. And the characters aren’t particularly likeable.
I have to confess I gave up on the book about halfway through. Then I was in a favorite independent bookstore and they were recommending it, so I gave it another try. This time I made it all the way through, but I still don’t understand the attraction. Perhaps someone who loved it can explain it to me.
Unless you love the technical aspects of writing, I wouldn’t recommend this book. However, it is a quick book and interesting if you want to see what a book would look like with no story.