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Book Review: 'Acts of God'

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Acts of God

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Mary Morris
publisher:
Picador USA
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A-

The daughter of a natural-disaster claims adjuster, Tess Winterstone is familiar with calculating risk — a central theme of Acts of God, Mary Morris’s trenchant, richly imagined novel about a woman’s midlife crisis. Now a staid single mom living on the California coast, Tess chances attending her 30th high school reunion in her Illinois hometown even though she knows she’ll confront her old nemesis, Margaret Blair, once the beautiful and needy ”new girl” and a central player in Tess’ scarring family secrets and personal humiliations. Alternating flashbacks with the dangerous romantic triangle that evolves, Morris (Night Sky) affectingly explores the hazards of love, betrayal, and living in the past. A-