Daily Archives: July 1, 2011

* The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels

The Winter Vault is not a book for me… It may be for you if you like long, elegiac descriptions, if you enjoy wallowing in a doomed outlook for the world (we’re destroying rivers and people to build dams to produce electricity; and let’s add the holocaust for added gloom), and if you appreciate women characters who make strange choices, such as shacking up with a depressed artist who is unable to make a commitment promptly upon leaving a seemingly perfectly adequate husband, whose main sin seems to be not to mourn enough a lost child — or rather not to mourn her the right way.

As I said, it’s not the book for me.

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