Turner House

It took me two tries to finish this book! I am glad I made it through but it does not move into my list of all time favorites.
The Turner HouseThe Turner House by Angela Flournoy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review Part 1: I really wanted to like this book but I am having a really tough time staying engaged with it. I am going to put it aside for a few months and see if I have a better experience with it at another time.

Review Part 2: So, I finally finished this book. It was a selection for my book group or I don’t think I would have made it to the end. I got stuck again around the middle.

I am glad I finished this but I did not love it. There are perhaps too many characters with none of them being developed to the point where I could engage with them. My favorite was Lelah. By the second half of the book she was more well drawn and relateable than the others. Her flaws seemed real and I found myself rooting for her to beat her addiction and find a loving relationship.

No one in my bookgroup gave this book a high rating. We all found ourselves wondering why it was such a critical success.

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Anything is Possible

I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Strout. However, I think I need to re-read this one in a paper version. The audiobook did not do it justice.

Anything Is PossibleAnything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the linkages in this book to My Name is Lucy Barton. It made me want to re-read Lucy Barton. However, I didn’t realize when I started that this book truly is a collection of short stories. Although there are some common threads it is not as cohesive as Olive Kitteridge.

I listened to the audio version of this book and I wish I had read the paper version instead. My Name is Lucy Barton was wonderful as an audio book but with this one I felt the desire to continually page back and forth which isn’t an easy task with an audiobook.

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