Second Bookses

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The Patron Saint of Liars - Ann Patchett Ann Patchett's The Patron Saint of Liars was, by all accounts, a stunning debut, a story of a women who, married for three years, found herself pregnant, and instead of simply telling her husband and carrying on with her life, flees to a home for unwed mothers. The story is told from the point of view of Rose, the pregnant woman; Son, a handyman at the home who meets her during her stay there; and eventually the child she has. Rose's section describes her feelings surrounding her decisions with regard to her pregnancy and everything she does leading up to and after its discovery, including her eventual decision over what to do once the baby is born, and the other two points of view take over after her decisions are made and deal with the ramifications of them.Patchett's writing is the same lovely style it is today, and she had the same gift even then of making an unsympathetic character -- which many will undoubtedly find Rose to be -- riveting. Readers will want to know how someone could walk away from her life simply because she didn't like the way it was going. What keeps the book from being stellar, however, is that Patchett allows that unsympathetic character to remain at surface level, leaving other characters left to ponder motivations, making for frustrated characters, and much of the time, a frustrating read with no closure.

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