The Girl in the Garden

The Girl in the Garden

A Novel

Book - 2017
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An unforgettable novel about a young woman and her infant son who are abandoned at a seaside motel, and the secrets of those townspeople who eventually provide them shelter.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
ISBN: 9780544784666
Branch Call Number: Fiction Wal
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 23, 2018

Very early into this book I realized I was going to have to develop a strategy to get through it. The author's writing style of extreme run-on sentences, little punctuation (except dashes, there are oh-so-many dashes) and no quotation marks whatsoever seems to be in style at the moment but it is not a favourite of mine. So, my strategy was to speed read the book; to go as fast as I possibly could so I did not get tripped up by the long, long, long sentences and the multiple dashes in each, and to just try to focus on the content. Although I found most of the characters quite stunted the story was fairly good and the recurring themes of loss, grief and abandonment were well done and, for me, satisfactorily redeemed.


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