- Copertina rigida: 210 pagine
- Editore: Echolocation Press (8 dicembre 2011)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0987756508
- ISBN-13: 978-0987756503
- Peso di spedizione: 386 g
The Missing Portrait (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 8 dic 2011
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While the book's first human character is Mary Frances, relatively little of the book features her. Sharon and the liar-cum-lawyer (Tim Giovanni) are presented the most, but there are many characters and many points of view. Several family histories are described in great detail.
The story has a couple of good twists, and Glodek describes every setting well and relates it to her characters. However, there is a lot that distracts from what appears to be the main story. A reader can come to care what happens to Sharon or whether Mary Frances ever meets her child, but much of the detail on the five high school friends and their lives (and other characters) is simply information.
Characters explain their thoughts in great detail, even when talking to people who know them well. A number of scenes come across as material the author wants a reader to know rather than revelations that move the story or a character forward.
The most compelling aspect of the book is its description of Sharon's life and feelings. Glodek portrays the life of a woman on the raw end of life in a very convincing fashion.
If you are looking for a book about piggish men and one conniving woman whose actions have consequences over decades, then The Missing Portrait is for you. I give it three stars, because the plot twist is very good.
Some respectable people hide their resentments and insecurities with bravado. Others who are seen as low life are honest and loyal without being intrusive. The story illustrates how cultural condemnation can affect families down the years.
This book reminded me of similar behavior in men who joust with one another as if they were teenagers. As shown in the story, many women succumb to their culture's expectations while others struggle to be true to themselves.
Well worth the read.