I hope you read the book excerpt earlier today!
Synopsis: When overbearing former big band star Francis Grayson mentions the “murdering bitches” who supposedly ruined his life, his resentful stepdaughter Elyse—always on the lookout for simple dirt on Francis—takes note. Intertwining narrative with Francis, Elyse stumbles across glimmers of big murder instead of simple dirt, while Francis moves perspective of his “bitches” back to the 1930s, to his childhood in Pennsylvania. His coming-of-age story centers on a mysterious painting and search for the artist who he believes can fix his feuding family. Aiding him in his quest is his mother’s lover, Aidan Madsen, who not only mentors Francis’ big band music career, but knows everything about two murders implicating the women in Francis’ family. The three narrators of The Angry Woman Suite—Elyse, Francis, and Aidan—weave together a picture of two disturbed families who meet their match in the young, determined to survive Elyse Grayson, and human to a fault hero, Aidan Madsen.
Review: The book actually goes back into the 1900’s and continues into the 1960’s, and while I generally love 'generational' fiction, I had a hard time getting into and staying with this book. I think it was the way that Lee handles going back and forth, and his style of writing. But if you stay with the book, the characters suddenly seem to find their true voices and the story moves much better along, and the twists and turns in the story will keep you guessing. You may also find yourself looking at the cover repeatedly with quizzical looks, wondering why it doesn't have a better suited cover (see my post last week about books covers!). It did take me quite a few sittings to get through the book, as you realize pretty quickly that you have to pay attention to everything (which may have been part of what lead to the initial aggravation with the book), so don't count on this one being a one sitting book! The ending didn't quite satisfy, but it did wrap up things, so it should be considered fine. This is just one of those books that may, or not, appeal to everyone.
About the Author:
Lee Fullbright is a fourth-generation Californian, raised and educated in San Diego. She is a medical practice consultant and lives on San Diego’s beautiful peninsula with her twelve-year-old Australian cattle dog, Baby Rae. The Angry Woman Suite, a Kirkus Critics’ Pick and Discovery Award winner, is her debut novel. Connect with Lee on her website, Facebook, Twitter
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|Wednesday||5-Sep||Chronicles of Illusions|
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|Sunday||9-Sep||Turning the Pages|
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