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** The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey

The Chemistry of Tears is the cleverly constructed story of a bereaved museum restorer whose (married) lover has died and who finds comfort in restoring a complicated automaton — and skirting more than a few rules of her profession and workplace in the process. Her story is entwined with that of the automaton’s original owner, who underwent a tortuous trip to Germany to get the automaton constructed, and who kept a journal of the trip, rather miraculously designed to read as a novel. Too clever for me!The half of the novel that describes the quasi-widow’s travails seemed finely observed and believable; the other felt like a dreary book assigned for AP Literature, complete with foretelling and overwrought themes that must be analyzed, day after day.

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