Monday, March 16, 2009
A Bibliophile's Disappointment
I respect author Anna Quindlen for her chameleonic writing abilities. Her books sport fresh characters and settings, with altered writing modes to suit them. While remarkable, this trait can make it more difficult to maintain a following. People do, after all, enjoy some measure of predictability beyond talent.
The characters, likable yet held at too much of a distance, were without all but minor and excusable faults. The conflict was merely an abstract sense of ennui that did not manifest concern. The NYC setting was meant to breathe vitality into the story, but the verbose musings about wealthy Manhattan lifestyles grew wearisome.
If you're looking into Quindlen, try Black and Blue or Blessings instead.