Cruel Beautiful World: A Novel Hardcover – October 4, 2016
Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes.
I really like how this story of different kinds of Love integrated the history of the sixties. The Manson murders and trial, the Kent State shootings, the Cambodia invasion all contribute to the sense of time and place. These newsmakers carried from the larger city that the characters Iris, Charlotte and Lucy are from to the rural setting of a farm, where Lucy ends up. This story is about different kinds of Love, motherly, fatherly, sisterly, forbidden love. I especially liked the story of Iris and her love stories early in life and then later in her eighties. There are unreliable narrators and unreliable feelings that culminate in a climax you may see coming. But that doesn’t detract from the strength of the narrative and character development.
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