There’s No Place Called Home

Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes was oa grueling chore for me to read. It is the story of Kit, a woman in her forties who is an American now living in Tuscany, Italy and in the process of writing a book about a beloved older friend. Piggybacked onto her story are the experiences of three older American women who have experienced personal losses, befriend each other, and decide to spend a year living in a house for rent next door to Kit. While the new ladies explore the country and forge new lives, Kit discovers she’s pregnant after believing it would never be possible.

There were way too many storylines in this novel for me to follow. The use of “asides” drove me insane! There’s one random character thought about Liz Taylor’s eyelashes that’s so out of context I couldn’t believe it! Show, don’t tell? As I read the novel, I felt as if the author sat with a computer the entire time searching for meaningful fillers and obscure references to include in her book.

I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters; and there were enough of them! I did appreciate the references to food, but I am sorry to say that was about all. I came away relieved that I finished the novel, but disappointed.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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4 Responses to There’s No Place Called Home

  1. Martie says:

    Books aren’t supposed to be a grueling chore. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll be skipping this one. How are you feeling?

    • dianeledet says:

      My back is slowly improving. Yes, physical therapy is painful, but a means to an end of pain and increased mobility. I appreciate your concern. Bless you!

      • Martie says:

        You are a stronger woman than me. I complained (okay playfully) with the therapists that they were killing me. Wishing you increased mobility sooner rather than later.

      • dianeledet says:

        Thank you Martie. My therapist is pretty gentle. In the past I’ve had others who weren’t, so I understand where you’re coming from.

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