The Bottom Line
Jane Green, bestselling author of novels including Babyville and Jemima J, has written her latest novel, Dune Road, about a woman struggling to adapt to her newly-divorced life in suburban Connecticut. Green's book is an easy summer read that has a more mature, less giddy perspective than some of her previous books. Dune Road tells an absorbing story, and Green's fans won't be disappointed.
- 'Dune Road' is a compelling read, nuanced but straightforward.
- 'Dune Road' intertwines the stories of many people, which detracts from the focus on the main story.
- 'Dune Road' was released in June 2009.
- Publisher: Penguin
- 352 Pages
Guide Review - 'Dune Road' by Jane Green - Book Review
Kit Hargrove’s post-divorce life is downscaled from the luxury of her life married to a successful Manhattan banker. She struggles to recover her true sense of self, and to relate to her children, her ex-husband and her mother as she learns more about each of them. Meanwhile, she works for a bestselling but reclusive author, and when a new friend of hers seems to be making a move on the famous writer, she begins to learn more about everyone’s mysterious pasts.
Dune Road is the perfect book for a beach read, though I don’t mean to suggest that it is fluffy or Manolo-focused. Green’s characters are formerly-wealthy suburban Connecticut families struggling through the effects of the economic crisis. Complex characters and shifting narrative perspectives make this a more thoughtful novel than some of its peers.