Mary Britton Miller name In All Three Of These Novels Voices Move The Stories Each Carefully Constructed Narrative Is Built By The Layering Of Conversation, Perception, And Inner Monologue Onto Lyrical Descriptions Of A Vibrating New York City In Do I Wake Or Sleep, The Lives Of Two Americans A Journalist And An Alcoholic Novelist And A Beautiful European Refugee Intersect For Just Twenty Four Hours As A Witty Contrast Of American And European Culture Unfolds In The Christmas Tree, The Elderly Mrs Danforth Is Celebrating The Holidays With Her Grandson, The Boy S Mother, And New Step Father, When Her Homosexual Son, The Boy S Father, Appears On The Scene With His Lover And The Story Draws To Its Tragic Conclusion In Many Mansions, The Voice Is That Of Margaret Sylvester, In Her Eighties, Living Alone In A New York Hotel Room She Decides, After Considerable Deliberation, To Reread An Unpublished Manuscript About Her Life And Her Poignant And Sometimes Tragic Story Is Communicated With Astonishing Brevity And Immediacy Possibly three and a half, if I d read these some other time, or not all at once, or something, might even have been four As it is, I can see why these are praised, but didn t entirely warm up to them. At 10 pages in, I already love this book, even though I barely understand what s going on Having read Bolton s memoir of childhood, Under Gemini, I m enthralled with this author s original voice, and I ll follow wherever she leads Will read it first by appreciating her dreamy storytelling and earthy language, and again later for understanding. The prose is exquisite, but as I made my way through the first novella I found the author made almost no effort to clarify which character she was referring to at any one time or even the relationships among the characters Lots of pronouns and you have to go back to find out precisely who she s talking about It s like reading Joyce with goggles I suggest you make a chart of characters as you read It helps I generally don t enjoy authors who create puzzles that seem to have no purpose The author is too caught up in the deliciousness of her language to let you know what s going on.
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