Wednesday, April 30, 2014

review: monday, monday by elizabeth crook

Monday, Monday begins on the Monday in August 1966 when a University of Texas student killed 16 people and wounded 32 more. The novel is a fictional account of the lives of Shelly, Jack, and Wyatt, who were there when the mass shooting happened. The focus is on Shelly, but Wyatt and Jack come to play large roles in her life even after that horrific day. As Monday, Monday spans more than 40 years, Elizabeth Crook covers a lot of life, some of which is mundane and written in a very telling fashion that made me want to skip over it. Monday, Monday is best at its beginning and end as those are the times the pivotal actions occur. Some of it (pretty much everything revolving around Shelly’s youngest daughter) is over the top in melodrama, but Crook does an excellent job of providing a look at this set of people who become family through a few twists of fate.
Review copy provided by FSB Associates.

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