Monday, August 15, 2011

The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass

2.5 stars

So if Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and Friday Night Knitting Club had a love child-- it would be this book.

Told from 4 different perspectives (3 third person, 1 first person), this book covers a lot of the same themes at Friday Night Knitting Club. 

The major novelty?  All of the voices are male.  Which makes it really interesting.

Except in a lot of ways it's also the book's major fault.  Using male characters, it's a lot harder to get the emotional depth required thematically.

I loved the first person voice, but I couldn't stand his anger as the book went on. 

Overall, there was an awful lot of "why can't these characters see they're being complete idiots" in this book.

It was compelling, but the ending left be feeling at loose ends and very dissatisfied.

But I'm sure a lot of people are probably going to really enjoy it.  If you really enjoyed Major Pettigrew and Knitting Club you should probably give this one a try.

And it's a Reader's Choice book. :)

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