Those We Love Most 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… Those We Love Most 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… 2012-09-11 Fiction Voice
Book Review

Those We Love Most (2012)

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
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 11, 2012; Writer: Lee Woodruff; Genre: Fiction; 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

Originally posted Sep 05, 2012 Published in issue #1224-1225 Sep 21, 2012 Order article reprints