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The book consists of 13 interrelated stories which concern the universal longing for friendship and how we achieve new intimacies for ourselves and how slowly, and inexplicably we lose them. Ilka accepts a teaching position in Connecticut and leaves her New York friend circle. After the comedy of her struggle to meet new people, she embraces a new set of acquaintances.
What makes this book stand out?
The book stands out because it is the best book and it is a magnificent and deeply moving work which marks the long -awaited return of a writer at the height of her powers.
Read it for
The author, through this book is trying to evoke the subtle drama and humor of the outsider's loneliness, the charm and comfort of familiar companionship, the bliss of being in love and also the strangeness of our behavior in the face of other people's death.
Don't read it for
Many readers might not like the writing style of the author.