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*** 1/2 stars. On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between these two women will change Claire s life in unexpected and extraordinary ways. I enjoy the interweaving of stories that appear unconnected. Ms. Hood creates real characters that you care about and personal stories that make you want to know their resolution. I thought it was particularly poignant to have one protagonist so involved with the idea of hope, Jackie, and the Kennedy inauguration. We all know how that hope was dashed and we are still writing obituaries for that family and what might have been. Highly recommend.
posted Aug 17, 2013 at 12:55AM
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