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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Ross King
Progress: 64 %
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %
Cosmic Quest Cd (Bbc Audio)
Heather Couper
Firedrake's Eye
Patricia Finney
Progress: 15/249 pages

Loss of Innocence

Loss of Innocence - Richard North Patterson

Unlike most of Richard North Patterson's books, this one is not a murder mystery.  (He writes good murder mysteries, by the way.)


It's a coming of age story.


In 1968, a sheltered young woman from one of New England's upper crust families, Whitney Dane, discovers that her "perfect family" of financier father, socialite mother, model sister, handsome fiance, and her perky best friend - is a structure built on deceit (self and otherwise) and manipulation.


The setting is mostly on Martha's Vinyard (with occasional side trips, mostly to New York), and the background is America tearing itself apart.  Bobby Kennedy, deceased, is nearly a character in his own right.  And the draft is a looming presence in the life of every young man.


I believe this is the second volume in a trilogy, but I had no idea of that when I picked it up, and it is a complete and functional novel on its own.