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The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
The Hand That First Held Mine

mbloom, January 1, 2011

Perhaps my enjoyment of this book, like so many others I have loved, was greatly influenced by when and where I read it. Perhaps it's just that I'm at the stage in my life where I'm thinking a lot about babies and weddings and the history of self. Whatever the reason, though, I thoroughly loved this book. The voice was clear, consistent, and beautiful. I found myself both racing to the end and hoping it would never finish. As I'd hoped, the end does the rest of the book justice. I never found myself disappointed in any of the author's choices (of plot, words, names, etc.). The mystery of how to connect the two seemingly-disparate stories of the book gradually becomes more and more clear as the book unfolds, as Maggie O'Farrell weaves together rich characters and a perfect sense of timing. She clearly loves her craft, and I can't wait to read more from her. I'd recommend this book to anyone yearning for a truly great book.
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