Title: Mrs. Kimble
Author: Jennifer Haigh
Summary: Tracks the lives of three women who at some point in their lives have the misfortune to marry the serial monogamist and all-around-schmuck Ken Kimble.
Why did you get this book? I liked Haigh's The Condition and was interested to check out her freshman effort, but the reason I borrowed it so soon after I finished The Condition is that the Central Square Library sucks and I couldn't find anything good there the first time I visited. Thank heaven for Interlibrary Loan.
Did you enjoy the book? I did. It wasn't the most spectacular reading experience in the world, but I liked it. The ending has the same problem as the ending of The Condition, where you get happy endings with pretty bows tied on for all the characters you like, and you're happy about it because you wish them well, but you still can't help noticing the bows are a little too artificially pretty. Also, just in terms of style issues, Haigh is addicted to semicolons in a way that is truly ludicrous. There were times where I could read two whole pages and go through each sentence and *every sentence* would have a semicolon in it. Once I'd noticed it I could barely see anything *but* the semicolons. OMG SEMICOLONS SEMICOLONS SEMICOLONS CUT IT THE FUCK OUT WITH THE SEMICOLONS, LADY. I can't believe that neither she nor her editor noticed it. WTF, guys.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Not new to me, no. Whether or not I'll read anything by her again is dependent on what it is. Also on whether I can flip through several pages and find that the ratio of sentences-with-semicolons to sentences-without-semicolons is less than 1:7. Seriously, if it isn't, I will not read another book by her. I AM ENACTING A
Are you keeping it or passing it on? It was a library book, so it's already gone. I'm not displeased with this.
Anything else? OMFG semicolons!
Scale of 1 to 10: 7