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In Praise of Quiet Books — 8 Comments

  1. You really made me want to read this book. However, I have one question: Are there things about this story that apply to the death of a marriage, even if one’s spouse didn’t die?

    • I think the marriage was an extremely happy one- so it’s more about what it’s like to go on after the death of one’s spouse. There is a lot about family dynamics during an illness and after. Nora was so focused on her husband while he was ill that the younger boys suffered from it. At the time, she did her best, but she wasn’t perfect. I kept thinking about this long after I finished the book!

  2. I loved Nora Webster. It was so quiet and yet so alluring. I mean, nothing happened. And yet I agree, I also looked forward to picking the book back up, which seems to be rarer and rarer these days. It was Nora who drove the story forward. A perfect example of character-driven fiction.

  3. I also loved this “quiet book.” I know there are plenty of people out there who need the excitement of murder and mayhem in their books. However, there is nothing quite like a book that is really just a great “story.”

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