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I like books. Well-written books, which generally excludes most YA (sorry, everybody). I edit literary fiction in my spare time, and I eat up books with great prose and no pretentiousness. I also love good speculative fiction and frequently read classics.

Currently reading

The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You 1st (first) edition by Pariser, Eli published by Penguin Press HC, The (2011) [Hardcover]
Progress: 131/243 pages

Swan House, The: A Novel

The Swan House - Elizabeth Musser Like many readers have already mentioned, the premise was more satisfying than the execution. The Swan House is set in Atlanta in the 1960s and purportedly examines the racial tensions in the city through the perspective of a teenage girl from a wealthy family. Mary Swan Middleton learns the errors of her prejudices through her service in inner-city Atlanta and also discovers a newly awakened Christian faith. A book with good intentions, but with major flaws.First of all, Musser loves to talk about the same subject at length--and when I say length, I mean about one hundred pages dedicated to the immediate aftermath of a plane crash in which the protagonist's mother was killed. Yes, that's a very sad event, but not one that I want to spend 25 percent of the book on. And the prose isn't very graceful: as one reviewer said, it sounds like the entire book was written by a sixteen-year-old girl. The book is overly preachy, and the detail about the boys that Mary Swan is interested in gets old fast. I couldn't sympathize with Mary Swan's torment about finding out more about her mother. It just didn't seem like a big deal to me at all, and so those moments of introspection seemed very indulgent.The book has a good heart, but it's pumping through some very shriveled veins. The prose is a disappointment to the premise, and the book does not have my recommendation.