Histories You Can Love

July 13, 2009 // Filed under Uncategorized

Bernardsville Public Library’s Saturday Samplers book group loved discussing Case Histories by Kate Atkinson at our July 11, 2009, meeting. We enjoyed the way the author tweaked the normal detective genre, giving us a sympathetic detective (lacking in the normal star quality) who must contend as much with issues in his own life as with the oddball cases that come his way. Set in modern-day England, there is no pretense of class or airs, and everybody is found to have their own “histories” which haunt and shape them. The author’s manipulation of time and her great sense of humor worked well to keep us totally engaged with the unfolding mysteries and the memorable characters involved. This novel should be on your summer reading list.

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