Mary Murphy, this is your life. Here to tell your story are a classmate, a college roommate, a failed piano prodigy, your ne'er do well uncle and your oft married mother. Narrated through odes to those who have shaped her being, this is Mary's life as a daughter, sister and friend; a life of adversity and despair but ultimately triumph.
With its clever format and rich characterisation this is fresh examination of who and what make us the way we are. [Larger font]
Very average book, quite repetitive.
Grim themes, but beautifully written. Frustrating and interesting. One of our higher scores!
Some liked it. Some didn't, and some didn't finish it. The language was quite off putting. Quite a clever way of writing about one's life.
Very sad. Very well-written with great characters. Interesting narrative structure which worked well.
There were varying degrees of sympathy for the mother, but we all enjoyed the style and agreed that it was a coming-of-age novel with added layers of perception and reflection.