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Cascade: A Novel by Maryanne O'Hara
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
Unforgettable--Exhilarating and Poignant

Our club doesn\\\'t often agree on books, which is a good thing. We are 9 very different women. But we all loved this book. It\\\'s not what you might think. Starts deceptively quietly, simply. But the cover quote says it unfolds like a Shakespearean tragedy, with an ending you won\\\'t see coming. Believe it. Nothing about this book is predictable, probably because it all rings so true. These are real people, real problems, real emotions.

The writing is stunning. I underlined so many beautiful passages and insights. One of our group studied a lot of Shakespeare and she said that the book is full of Shakespeare, which she really enjoyed. (But obviously, if you don\\\'t really have a Shakespearean background, you will still enjoy it, as the rest of us did.)

This was the kind of book, we all agreed, that makes you unable to read another for a few days. This one sticks.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Romantic, Beautiful
A hopeful, poignant story

I, personally, loved this book. I picked it up thinking it was going to be about the 60s and didn\'t expect the present-day Hollywood parts, but liked all of it. Admired the author\'s ability to weave in and out of time, to paint such a picture of that little place in Italy. I was surprised that not all of our group liked it, however. I thought this was an easy \"like.\" Two members flat out disliked it, thought it trite. Two of us loved it (me being one), and the rest were mixed. In any case, we didn\'t have a great discussion of it--kind of fizzled out after the the two dislikers voiced that all the female characters were cookie-cutter. Maybe not a club book? But one I definitely recommend reading.

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