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Part of the fun of this book is trying to figure out if and how its three distinctly different tales will ultimately connect. Will A be tied to B? Will B share some link with C? Spoiler alert: A,B and C are the first three letters of the alphabet. And all three stories were told using... letters of the alphabet. That's all you get from me. Try it; you'll like it.
Apr 14, 2011
A good read with lots of twists
The author takes three strands and weaves together an intriguing tale with stolen identities and several twists. Not all the "loose ends" are tidied up in the end, but we are left to envision what the future holds for several characters. Fun.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-06-08 Three disparate characters and their oddly interlocking lives propel this intricate novel about lost souls and hidden identities from National Book Award--finalist Chaon (You Remind Me of Me). Eighteen-year-old Lucy Lattimore, her parents dead, flees her stifling hometown with charismatic high school teacher George Orson, soon to find herself enmeshed in a dangerous embezzling scheme. Meanwhile, Miles Chesire is searching for his unstable twin brother, Hayden, a man with many personas who's been missing for 10 years and is possibly responsible for the house fire that killed their mother. Ryan Schuyler is running identity-theft scams for his birth father, Jay Kozelek, after dropping out of college to reconnect with him, dazed and confused after learning he was raised thinking his father was his uncle. Chaon deftly intertwines a trio of story lines, showcasing his characters' individuality by threading subtle connections between and among them with effortless finesse, all the while invoking the complexities of what's real and what's fake with mesmerizing brilliance. This novel's structure echoes that of his well-received debut--also a book of threes--even as it bests that book's elegant prose, haunting plot and knockout literary excellence. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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