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sometimes having a foreign accent ("ees good Mommy? ") and sometimes just throwing tantrums
June 13, 2018
Never quite takes off....even the author mentions in the reading guide that she thought Maggie was a "dud." Indeed she is; there is a complete lack of character development in both Maggie and Edith; you never really get to know their innermost thoughts as they are fleeting. Maggie's child is given random dialogue which is sometimes presented as the child having a lisp, sometimes having a foreign accent ("ees good Mommy?") and sometimes just throwing tantrums. Maggie is bequeathed Edith's home and Edith by Edith's daughter (an ex-friend )who took her own life. Edith has early onset dementia and Maggie becomes her companion. The relationship between these two is rocky on one page, good on the next. I did not empathize or sympathize with either character. Maggie goes on a couple of dates with a local toy-store owner. There is no chemistry between them that I can discern. Edith's daughter's suicide remains a mystery (at least to me; maybe I missed something.) I do not recommend this book and hope the author does better next time.