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Jumping the Green

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Jumping the Green

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Leslie Schwartz
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B-

Ever since Mary Tyler Moore cracked that famous dinner plate in Ordinary People, the dysfunctional suburban family has been a staple of American popular culture—which is a drawback in the case of this otherwise riveting novel about a young San Francisco sculptress who, struggling to overcome her anguish over her sister’s unsolved murder, gets drawn into a harrowing sadomasochistic relationship. Most vivid when detailing her boozy, violent degradations at the hands of a man who could be the killer, the book astutely avoids any melodramatic will-he-kiss-me-or-kill-me cliches. But repeated childhood flashbacks seem tediously familiar, and the last-minute, bittersweet epiphany feels pat. B-