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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review: BROKEN HOMES & GARDENS by Rebecca Kelley





Review: BROKEN HOMES & GARDENS by Rebecca Kelley


Description: A girl, a guy, a broken-down house. Not exactly on-again, off-again, Malcolm and Joanna are in-again, out-again: in love, out of each other’s arms, in an awkward co-living arrangement, out of the country. Their unconventional relationship is the only way, Joanna says, to protect herself from the specter of commitment, which inevitably leads to heartbreak. "When Harry Met Sally" for the Millennial generation, set in the damp and drizzly neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon, Broken Homes and Gardens is an ode to friendship, lust, and the unrelenting pull of love. 

Review: BROKEN HOMES & GARDENS by Rebecca Kelley

Has ever a heroine as feckless as Joanna or one so unattuned to her own spirit toddled across the pages of fiction? I think not--or not to my remembrance. Back in Portland, Joanna wonders what she expected of Prague, waffles about job search, reads a lot (I'm all for that, now), thinks living in an apartment laundry nook is acceptable, and commits to a potted plant. Joanna is an examplar of the essential importance of "Know Yourself."

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