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Those We Love Most

Those We Love MostIf Lee Woodruff's debut novel, Those We Love Most, at first seems the stuff of standard midlist women's fiction — two fraying...Those We Love MostFictionIf Lee Woodruff's debut novel, Those We Love Most, at first seems the stuff of standard midlist women's fiction — two fraying...2012-09-07Voice
FAMILY DRAMA This novel about somewhat unlikeable characters makes the story all the more likeable

FAMILY DRAMA This novel about somewhat unlikeable characters makes the story all the more likeable

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Those We Love Most

Genre: Fiction; Author: Lee Woodruff; Publisher: Voice

If Lee Woodruff’s debut novel, Those We Love Most, at first seems the stuff of standard midlist women’s fiction — two fraying marriages, a predictable affair, the death of a young child — well, it is. Yet against the odds, given the cardboardy story she’s laid out, Woodruff elevates her stock characters (especially bereaved mother Maura and her philandering father, Roger) by sketching them as less than sympathetic, even at times downright unlikable. As a result, a book that threatened to turn into yet another soapy family drama becomes something fresher, sharper, and more indelible. B

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