An unusual book and one I really rather enjoyed, in no small measure for its difference from any other women’s fiction/romance book I’ve read recently.
Dora is obsessed with books and uses them to both hide from and try to make sense of her rapidly disintegrating life. I found it hard to get into the book and the character at first, partly due to the sheer numbers of literary allusions in the beginning – but something sparky in the story kept me going and I’m very glad I did.
After a while, I warmed to Dora and was very glad when things began (slowly!) to turn round for her. Her relationship with her ex, Palmer, is absolutely charming, and I loved him. In the course of the novel, Dora grows and begins to deal with friends and family more effectively, and I was really rooting for her by the time the story ended. The ending is almost perfect, although – being me! – I would have preferred a wee bit more emotion in those closing pages but, on the other hand, the subtlety works very well.
So good stuff and a book I recommend.