Friday, June 13, 2014

2014 book 132

Mary Rickert's The Memory Garden
I think this is going for a Sarah-Addison-Allen-y feel, but doesn't quite get there for me. Part of the problem is that three of the main characters are confused--and confusing--old women keeping a secret, and the narration sort of feels confused as well. There are a lot of plotlines going on--a temperamental adopted teen dealing with friends and crushes, a visit from old secret-keeping friends, a cute gay guy hanging out just 'cause, a young woman searching for a scoop so she can write a novel, plus magical gardens and ghosts. Everything comes to a head during one weird weekend party, though a lot feels unresolved. In general, this was kind of muddled and meh for me. B.

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