Thursday, March 15, 2012

2012 book 77

Tiffany Baker's The Gilly Salt Sisters
I liked Baker's first book pretty well,  but this one--about a pair of sisters who grew up in a salt marsh, and various small-town dramas and bitter feelings between them--wasn't nearly as good. The writing was often overly dramatic, secrets took too long to be officially revealed (and thus were very anticlimactic), and the end felt like an easy out for the writer and was troubling to the reader (well, to me, anyway). It's almost like Baker couldn't decide whether to write a quirky literary book and a heartwarming women's fiction book, and then meshed them together unsuccessfully. B-.

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