“Disappointing read--a "book within a book" set-up, with the eponymous text taking the bulk of the novel. Too bad this text, which is a "lost manuscript" for the main character, has very little to do with the main character's own story. In other words, it's missing a sense of purpose beyond some parallels to her life. I've read other "lost manuscript" novels, and in them, the manuscript usually reveals some deep, dark, devastating family secret. Not in this case. The entire novel seems to be the author trying to answer the question, who had it worse in bygone society--homosexuals or unwed mothers? There's a murder within the story, but it seems almost incidental to the rather tedious telling of events. Could have been a much more interesting story, but it isn't. ”
Tamia B wrote this review Sunday, December 30, 2012.