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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 7:19 am
Dusty Book: What to Keep by Rachel Cline
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

From the Booklist review of What to Keep:

“In her smart and witty first novel, Cline homes in on three pivotal periods in the life of Denny Roman. We first see her as a seventh-grader in 1976 in Columbus, Ohio, still reeling from her parents’ divorce and lashing out at the taunts of schoolmates with fearless and lacerating humor. At 27, she is a struggling actress in Hollywood come home to Columbus to pack up her childhood belongings; this process sends her into full-freak-out mode, especially when her agent tells her she must fly back for a meeting with film director Robert Altman. At 37, she is living in New York City, immersed in preparations for the off-Broadway opening of her play.”

 

An interesting look at a dysfunctional young woman (ah, aren’t/weren’t we all…) featuring memorable characters. A perceptive take on familial relationships.

 

 

 


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