itibaren H S Kottala, Andhra Pradesh, Hindistan
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I wanted to read more Elizabeth Gilbert after Eat, Pray, Love, so randomly chose this book to read next. I'm glad I didn't look at the reviews, because I might have been dissuaded. It took awhile to get into, but once I did, I loved it. The main character is very likable and funny, and there were many hilarious moments throughout. It was an unusual book, and it impressed me that she made lobster fishing, something I would have thought would be very boring, very interesting and entertaining. There are so many great characters and stories within the main plot. I'm more a fan of Elizabeth than ever now. This was her first novel? That is incredible. She is amazingly talented, smart, and funny. What a great storyteller.
Complex, interwoven tales of Native American families set in North Dakota, roughly 1930s to 1980s. Each chapter explores a different character from changing points in time, sometimes the same character at a different age. I found the writing just flows beautifully, although the characters are difficult to follow (there's a much-needed family tree in the opening pages). Some stories are much more vivid and poignant than others. Many are very sad or depressing.