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'Dune Road' by Jane Green - Book Review

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'Dune Road' by Jane Green

'Dune Road'

Penguin

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.

Pros

  • 'Dune Road' is a compelling read, nuanced but straightforward.

Cons

  • 'Dune Road' intertwines the stories of many people, which detracts from the focus on the main story.

Description

  • '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.

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