Title: The Angry Women Suite
Author: Lee Fullbright
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Published: February 22, 2012
Source: Purchased From Amazon
Read: May 19-July 7 2013
My Rating: 2 Stars
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I'm not quite sure what to make of this novel. There's not much I can say about it, really. It's a mixture of different perspectives on the same story, told via several protagonists, spanning a number of decades.
All of the individuals in the story are connected in one way or another. There are several secrets, horrible truths, and a good variety of lies and deceit as well. This is one of the most dysfunctional families, filled with vitriol and hatred for one another that I have read about in a long time.
I felt the most for Elyse, because she suffered and lost the most, all while having to be constantly on her toes, playing "the game" with her stepfather Francis Grayson. He of course suffered his own abuse at the hands of his aunt Lothian, but that's no excuse for what he did, and for the chain of events that lead to the twist in this novel.
I thought I had the twist figured out at one point, but it turned out to be something completely different. It didn't help the story much, or serve a true purpose.
I felt that the story wandered a lot, straying off course often, rambling on about a variety of things that seeem unimportant, similar to Francis' rants. I struggled to try and make the connection to why I should care about these characters, or the story, but I didn't.
One nice element was the use of art and historic events throughout. If you're a history buff, or like art, or music from the 40's you might enjoy those parts of this book.
Overall it just felt meaningless and pointless. Not a book that I can recommend.
Have any of you read The Angry Women Suite?" If so, what did you think?