Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"the fine art of insincerity" by angela hunt

Three middle aged sisters--Ginger, Penny, and Rose--gather at their grandmother's cottage one last time to go through her things and prepare the cottage for sale. While the sisters love each other, they don't seem to like each other very much, and they can't wait to finish their task and get back to their own lives. As they spend Memorial Day weekend together, long-buried secrets will be revealed, and each woman will learn that she truly does need the support of her sisters.

The Fine Art of Insincerity is a fantastic book! I was a little hesitant to read it--after all, it's about middle-aged women, and it's not a romance, so it's not exactly in my wheelhouse--but it's written by Angela Hunt, whose other novels I've enjoyed, so I decided to give it a chance. I'm so glad I did!

This book deals with divorce, depression, infertility, infidelity, and other real-life topics women face every day. I thought Hunt did a great job of making this book realistic--I have two sisters myself, and while we are a few decades younger than these sisters, I could see some of "us" in the characters. Give us twenty years, and we could be these women, though I hope we never are! Also, I enjoyed the book's use of first person--each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the sisters. Kudos to the publisher (or whoever made the decision) for giving each woman a specific typeface. That made it very easy to tell which sister was narrating.

After reading about 80 pages, I turned to my mom and said, "This book is fascinating." I gave it to her immediately after I finished and told her to move it to the top of her "to read" pile--it's that good. I highly recommend it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from Glass Road Public Relations. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

1 comment:

  1. that does sound good. i will have to see if our library has it. i am looking for summer reads!


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