Winner of the National Book Award: A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather
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Set in Rhode Island, Winner of the National Book Award tells the story of twins who could not be more different. Abigail Mather is a woman of passionate sensual and sexual appetites, while her sister, the book-loving local librarian Dorcas, lives a quiet life of the mind. But when the sisters are sought out by the predatory and famous poet Guy DeVilbiss, who introduces them to Hollywood hack writer and possible psychopath Conrad Lowe, they rapidly become pawns in a game that leads to betrayal, shame, and, ultimately, murder.
MaryZee had a lot of books on her BC shelves when she passed. I am planning on sharing most of them with other locals. But I am hanging on to a few that might be more appropriate for other distribution methods. From the looks of it, this might be a good fit if I revive the Bookish Book Box.
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I'd enjoyed Willett's dark humor in Jenny and the Jaws of Life, but I wasn't blown away by this one. The premise, twin sisters who both find themselves being courted by a new man in town, leads to psychological abuse and jealousy and other goings-on, and while there were some humorous bits and some very deftly drawn scenes, I found that the characters didn't interest me much. At the end there was a pretty riveting finale - or make that several finales, as every time I thought I'd reached one there was another one - but overall it's not my cup of tea.
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