Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 book 118

Robert Hellenga's The Confessions of Frances Godwin
I loved Hellenga's The Sixteen Pleasures, so was doubly excited to read his latest. It's in the same mold, or at least also deals with a modern woman and the classical world, only here it's a middle-aged Latin teacher, relating the events leading up to the death of her husband--and another shocking family event. I like Hellenga's writing a lot, and especially appreciated the protagonist's friendship with a local priest, but thought her daughter wasn't as fleshed-out as she could have been, and found the whole thing to be a bit anti-climactic. Still an enjoyable read, just not as stellar as Sixteen Pleasures. B/B+.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in July.

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