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    A little disappointing!

    I have not read any of Ann Patchett's previous books. I found it hard to get in to initially but found the second half of the book much better. I didn't enjoy the sudden, unexpected jumping from one character and period of time to another. As her books have been given such good reviews on the whole I will at some stage choose and read another and hopefully enjoy it more.
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    I didnt want it to end!

    A beautifully written book that weaves together the strands of an amazing famiy saga so skilfully that the reader is rivetted to the page and cant bear to say goodbye to the characters. an absolute pave turner.
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    Commonwealth

    An absorbing story of the trials of raising a blended family. Each character is memorable and convincing and easy to relate to. The strong bonds last throughout the story. e
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    Family love, hate and dirty secrets.

    Fabulous! Couldn't put down this insightful story of a dysfunctional blended family.
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    Ok but lacks purpose.

    I know I'm in the minority on this based on glowing critical reviews, but this novel seemed to lack any storytelling arc. A tragic beginning seems to have little connection to the subsequent lives of characters, certainly not in any sense of reflection and while see them at different periods of their lives it seems purposeless. On the upside she is a masterful writer in creating believable characters and dialogue, but for me it is not enough. The book is a stage without a play.
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