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Monday, September 27, 2010

1+1+1 for 365 day 28: .. of people who are "different"

“No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?” - Elbert Hubbard

House Rules by Jodi Picault

The main reason why I am writing about a Jodi Picault book so soon again, is that I read this one over this past weekend as a form of escapism from "everything else".  It tackles an interesting subject:  the way that individuals and families are affected by autism and specifically Asperger's Syndrome.  The story line is one of a murder mystery that involves a single mother and her two sons and of course there is a bit of romance on the side.  I enjoyed it because it was well researched - as all of Jodi Picault's books are - and because she writes in a very accessible style.
 If I have criticism about this book, it might be that could have been shorter without harming the narrative. Not that I minded so much reading the 550 pages, but some tighter editing might have been advisable because quite a lot of things get repeated and add padding without necessarily adding understanding.

Most - if not all - the main characters are well drawn and the story is believable.  A solid, good read that does provide some insight into the challenges of families and individuals who are "different".  I personally have a better understanding of some of the issues now - and I believe if one can learn something of value from a book, it makes it a worthwhile read.  So I'll pass it on to family & friends who have not read it yet.

The Cape of Good Hope on a windy but clear day.  Always a stunning sight

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