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The Maid's Version: A Novel
I would call this a good book for a writer's class. It has excellent writing and tone, and presents a story in a unique fashion. After that… um, it was just kind of boring. Now I fully admit, my opinion of this book may be being tainted since I am super swamped this month, but I just never got to the point where I was excited to pick this book up again. I could not even use it as a distraction. In fact, most nights I'd crawl in bed eager to do some reading, then realize, "Oh, crumbs, I'm still reading this book." But, like I said, my opinion may be tainted this month. But… even looking back on it, I don't find it to be discussable. I mean I am trying to come up with a relevant discussable question right now, maybe about poverty and ramification, etc. and I got NOTHING. Because none of that was really that relevant to the "mystery of the explosion." The interweaving of the story lines and how they all came together to create the conditions of the explosion is interesting and well conceive, but even that was anti-climactic. If you are a fiction writer, definitely give this a go. Otherwise… I'd pass on this one.
By Forrest Leo
Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.