(E–pub New) [My Russian] by Deirdre McNamer
Ooks that almost landed on the I give up pile and it s not even 300 pages long which I think says a great deal about the book I have two big problems with this book Firstly the language I can deal with poetic writing okay but when its so blatantly fluffed so much so you now a thesaurus was used it makes the entire story fall by the wayside
And You Begin To Focus you begin to focus the sentence structure and how it s almost purposely written to read like a book that should change the world My second
Gripe Is The Ending is the ending ends We find out what led our narrator to do what she did and yet there is no proper conclusion The next chapter begins and the narrator is off starting a new life Not the one she planned during her escapades but a new one nonetheless T Ack It is difficult to plow through a book when so few of the characters are likable or sympathetic This one just didn t connect with me The constant shifting of time periods especially at the beginning were difficult to follow and information I wanted to now and felt was essential to the story line and
main character development was not provided I think we all fantasize about walking out on our character development was not provided I think we all fantasize about walking out on our lives at least occasionally to escape its tedium or complications Deirdre McNamer s character Francesca does it and travels on the high road and very briefly on the low road The events invite us if we reflect on them to become better observers in our own lives The plot of the novel is somewhat melodramatic I don t now anyone whose life brushes up against violence and drama to the extent that these characters do But I was intrigued enough to read the book to the end It was a surprising journey I appreciated that Francesca wasn t totally likable and that McNamer left room for a lot of ambiguity My only uibble is that the sort of escape McNamer describes is only available to people of means. Er soul to her recent unexpected passionate affair with her Russian gardener Yuri whose sudden unexplainable disappearance leads her to uestion just who she has become As she seeks an answer she meets people she could never have nown in her real life and views people she thought she new as strangers As she reveals who shot her husband she is forced to see herself in a bold new and entirely unexpected light.
Deirdre McNamer Ä 5 Read & DownloadVery Odd Read Interesting at times but for the most part was a
long and thoughtful read The writing in this novel is beautiful but the story wanders and wanders and wanders some until I really didn t A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, know where the author was going with it There s a thread throughout that sheeeps coming back to a mystery about an intruder but it wasn t compelling enough to eep me interested particularly with so many details about things that have nothing to do with that part of the story This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for several "YEARS AND I REMEMBER TRYING TO START IT SEVERAL " and I remember trying to start it several but I must not have been able to get going this time I was determined to finish it to see if there was some reason it was named a NY Times Notable Book but I really can t see it LITERARY SPARKS THAT FLARE UP INTO FLAMES DEIRDRE MCNAMERYou read something the words flash at you they spark creativity in your brain Deirdre McNamer s writings often do this to me Here are some examples from her novel My Russian The ones in direct uotations are I think totally Ms McNamer s The ones notvery long and
in uotations are what my creative mind came up with when reading her creativity1 the main character Francescauotations are what my creative mind came up with when reading her creativity1 the main character Francesca disguised herself to look older is chagrined at people s new take on her Had I been a dog I think he would have glanced at me It s a revelation the invisibility of old age 2 You re outside a house looking in The family room flashes of blue television light the faint drone of an announcer at the football game some tiny cheers from a tiny crowd3 That horrific lunch when Laura broke all the rules of social etiuette was wiped out off the map never discussed again but it still sits there at the edges of our days the mute residue of the thing lethal and irremediable4 The feeling I always get when watching standup comedians on TV I feel desperate to usher th. While her family thinks she is vacationing in Greece Francesca Woodbridge disguised by the wig the dress and the limp of an elderly woman checks into a local hotel just blocks from her home The reason for her deceit is twofold to step outside of her life and observe it from a distance and to watch the comings and goings in her neighborhood for clues to potential suspects in her husband's shootingEver since E performer offstage desperate to wipe the leer
off his face and eep the next joke unsaid because even the best of all jokes won this face and Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies keep the next joke unsaid because even the best of all jokes won t enough to compensate for such stark public vulnerability 5 She was one of those intensely ebullient people who are great at the rightind of party but wear mightily on the nerves in a small tight space6 Lies get installed They skitter into place like a panting child late for the first day of class unsure she has the right room Heads turn Where did she come from in all her blonde haired dishevelment A half hour
LATER YELLOW HEAD BENT TONGUE PROTRUDING SCRIBBLING AWAY SHEyellow head bent tongue protruding scribbling away she always been there she s never been absent she s not a lie anyReally nice stuff here Don t you agree Well it was weird I ept wanting to like the main character and hoping that the next revelation would do it But alas no With all the books in the world I say spend your time on a different one I got this in a book swap still not sure if the person loved hated it or couldn t figure out which and wanted a second opinion Extremely flowery language Unfortunately they are in place of any progressive forward motion in the book The change of identity at the center of the plot seems far fetched though at least interesting but in the end it was pretty meaningless and just took a meander much like Francesca herself Not sure I liked any of the characters much except maybe the Russian gardener nothing much Russian about him tbh The writing doesn t give a strong sense of time and place especially considering all of the descriptive language Apparently it was a notable book in the NYT in 1999 well there is no accounting for taste including my own Maybe I missed the point here Loved the writing hated the ending This book was just overwhelmingly underwhelming And 2 stars is my being extremely generous I tried to like it but it is one of those He night her husband Ren was wounded by an intruder's gun Francesca has felt uneasy in their marriage and resentful of how Ren has changed over the years Now as an undercover spy on her own life she scans her history in her unsparing sometimes darkly funny search for clarity from the idealistic days of college when she first fell in love through the uiet disappointments that have collected in the depths of .