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Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Compelling.

Compelling, with interesting characters. The story wanes towards the end, though, and becomes a bit unbelievable. The characters take actions that don't seem realistic. The character of Little Bee is mature, sometimes profound, and sometimes humorous, and overall very enjoyable and likeable.

The Echo Maker: A Novel by Richard Powers
 
Boring, Slow, Confusing
Boring

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Tragic, yet beautiful

Even being a Catholic, this topic was unfamiliar to me so the historical aspect was very interesting. The overarching theme, though, is a beautiful story about the natural ebb and flow of the relationships of women. I loved how smoothly the author moved through the stages and phases of Dinah's life; it never felt too slow. Never too graphic, even the tragic events were written in a sweeping and epic prose. It left me feeling good to be a woman!

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Epic, Brilliant
Engaging, compelling page-turner

I appreciated how the story continued to move at a steady pace. Although set in a different time and very different culture, I could relate to so much of the characters' emotions and thoughts. I used "gloomy" in choosing the descriptive words because it wasn't necessarily a happy time, or even a happy life for the protagonist, but that didn't detract from me being compelled by the story. Also, there were some powerful life lessons to be learned from this book - I can see why schools assign it.

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