The Storm at the Door

The Storm at the Door

A Novel

Book - 2011
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A heartbreaking story of love, marriage, and the border between sanity and madness, inspired by the author's grandparents. From the author of the highly-regarded novel "The Story of Forgetting".
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011.
ISBN: 9781400069453
Characteristics: xii, 342 pages ;,22 cm.


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Aug 07, 2013

Honestly, I had to struggle to get through this one. The author uses rather florid prose and draws out observations on everything. The voice, as he changed perspectives through a variety of characters, didn't change at all. The result was that every character seemed cold, detached from their environment completely, pre-planned in every detail, and haughty. I did not like anyone in this book, nor did I want to.

While I respect what the author was attempting (telling the true story of his grandparents, with enough fiction to balance the small amount of information he had of them), it read like the worst of arrogant Great Literature, caught up more in its own grand language and schemes than in character development, action, or drama.

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