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Bookends: A Novel (original 2000; edition 2003)
by Jane Green (Author)
Bookends by Jane Green (2000)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0767907817, Paperback)Bookends, Jane Green's third comic novel of contemporary love and lust, proves beyond a doubt that when it comes to light reading, plot is everything. Bookends makes a great case study because it has little going for it besides plot. Dialogue? Stilted. Characters? Clichéd. Writing style? Sloppy. And yet the book is well-nigh impossible to put down. A few friends meet at university: Simon, the chirpy gay character; Portia, the glamour girl; Josh, the adorable, unpretentious catch; and Cath, the overweight, insecure narrator. Portia strays from their crowd, but the other three remain friends into their 30s. Now successful Londoners, each faces a personal crisis: singleton Cath leaves a secure job to start a bookstore; Simon looks for love; Josh's marriage goes through growing pains. And then Portia, as intimidating and elegant as ever, wanders back into their lives--with surprising results. Green is a past master of the ugly-duckling-turned-swan story. Cath's transformation--neatly echoed by the changes in the lives of her friends--is completely addictive. Plot does indeed rule. --Claire Dederer
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:57 -0400)
Now in paperback, and told with Green's captivating wit and flare, "Bookends" is above all a story about friendship--its twists, turns and complications--and how it weathers the challenges of love, ambition, marriage, and, most of all, growing up.
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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