It was okay, an interesting story and well-written, but I never really connected with the main character, Dellarobia. She had such an inflated view of herself, thinking she was smarter and just plain better than everyone else in town. Which may have been so, but being smarter than the people in a shithole of a town where people only get the most rudimentary education isn't really saying much. For someone who was supposed to be so smart, she was terrible at figuring things out and taking subtle hints. Her exposure to the wider world (via actual smart people) corrects this point-of-view somewhat, but it didn't really make her any more likable. Nor was she particularly interesting. I found myself skimming a bit with this one. It kept feeling like something really crazy or interesting would happen, but then nothing would. There was this whole scene in a thrift store when I thought maybe her kid would get kidnapped or go missing or something (because Dellarobia wasn't paying any attention to her), but nope. Just a shopping trip in a thrift store, only in the story in order to let Dellarobia seethe about college kids who shop at second-hand stores because they think it's cool, not because they have to. We get it, she's poor and uneducated and bitter about both. All in all, I was disappointed. I have loved all of Kingsolver's other books, so I had rather high expectations.
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