My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this a lot, even though I found it somewhat difficult at first -little things that I found irritating, like the detailed description of astrological stuff. Some of those things (not the astrology!) become clearer towards the end. Interestingly, I now feel that some of those little irritating things were there on purpose, somewhat like when we meet a new person that has traits and foibles that make you wary of them or simply not relate (like, say, the astrology). As the book progresses and the main character and the story flesh out, they become complex and interesting, as in the case of those people one might have found irritating at first and end up accepting as friends. So many strands of it -the way someone in her situation will get ignored, talked down or condescended to. The way the grass was greener on the Czech side of the border. The one liners (and the make-believe pop wisdom quips). The characters slowly become believable (at least the main characters, many of the secondary ones remain very roughly drawn). I liked it.
This was the set reading for the Bibliogoth meeting in October 2019.
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