Margin Notes: Bittersweet
Bittersweet3 of 5 stars
This is a great book for the beach--easy reading, readable, the plot (while outlandish) was a page turner. The narrator, Maybel, is a dowdy roommate to a beautiful, wealthy, popular socialite Ev. At first they don't hit it off, but eventually they seem to become tenuous friends and Maybel is invited to Ev's family's summer compound in VT. They arrive and Maybel is consumed with the family, the history, the secrets, the many players. It's poor form, but you're interested, too, so it's a little bit guilty pleasure dissecting this crazy family. (view spoiler)[ At a certain point, the plot veers from an interesting romp about a middle class girl exposed to a wealthy world and uncovering some family secrets to a totally outlandish story about incest, Nazi money and art, taking advantage of third world countries, slightly psychotic characters with compulsions to lie, and murder. You kind of hate all of the characters in the end, but it's still a good beach read. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I recommend this to people who have a bit of an interest in New England and it's elites, people who enjoy a first person narrator, people who are willing to go to crazy places in the plot, and readers who don't need their books to be literature at it's linguistic finest.
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