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I live in Bedford, England. Having retired from teaching; I am now a research student at the University of Bedfordshire researching into Threshold Concepts in the context of A-level Physics. I love reading! I enjoy in particular fiction (mostly great and classic fiction although I also enjoy whodunnits), biography, history and smart thinking. I have also recently become a keen playgoer to London Fringe Theatre. I enjoy mostly classics and I read the playscripts and add those to the blog. I am a member of Bedford Writers' Circle. See their website here: http://bedford-writers.co.uk/ Follow me on twitter: @daja57

Friday, 10 May 2013

"The Lake Shore Limited" by Sue Miller

Billy writes a play about the guilt she feels after her boyfriend, Leslie's brother, was killed in the 9/11 disaster. Rafe, whose wife is dying, stars in the play. Sam, whose wife has died, wants to date Billy. This is a book about people's reactions to death.

It is also a book about posh people in Boston, Massachusetts. Leslie worked in a university. Billy is a playwright, Rafe and actor, Sam an architect. People like this analyse themselves constantly and worry about their feelings although this doesn't stop hopping into bed with one another. There is one very explicit sex scene.

It also seemed quite unusual in that several pages are dedicated to describing the play that Billy wrote.

It is a carefully written story told from the viewpoint of the main protagonists but at the end of the day I didn't care enough about these people to get really involved in it.

Mildly entertaining. May 2013; 270 pages

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