Thursday, September 2, 2010

don't mess with a good thing

Adam & Eve by Sena Jeter Naslund
Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
Genre: fiction
Review: I had high hopes for this book, because I've enjoyed Naslund's previous books, especially Ahab's Wife and Abundance. Unfortunately, this book was a grave disappointment. It seems like Naslund was trying to do something a little different with Adam & Eve. The result is dialogue filled with non-sequiturs, plot points that are left dangling, and characters who say and do things with no apparent motivation or that are directly at odds with what they have said and done previously (with no accounting for the switch). Although Naslund is to be praised for trying something new, I hope that in her next book she will return to the style that has previously served her (and her readers) so well.

FTC disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.

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