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'Days of Awe' by Lauren Fox: EW review

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Days of Awe

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
70475
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Novel

We gave it a B-

At 41, Isabel’s relationships are eroding: Her best friend has died; her daughter has precociously discovered teen angst; her marriage is in that state of limbo known as a trial separation. Fox’s third novel can be uneven, jumping between past and present without devoting enough attention to either. But her tone creates an easy intimacy, and she knows how to turn a phrase. (On holding a grudge: “Some details you keep to yourself; you polish them up in private, smooth, shiny jewels of resentment that you save for when you might need them.”) And her characters are undeniably human. Isabel is messy and imperfect, frustrating yet likable. Nominally an exploration of love and friendship, this book is more an autopsy that examines the ways in which both can devolve. B–

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