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A Good Place To Start

A Mouthful of Air 1
I Smile Back 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Amy Koppelman

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yzmcd May 19th, 2007 12:55 PM PST

Re: A Mouthful of Air

A heartbreaking story about post-partum depression. Read it and weep.

bookbug July 8th, 2008 09:14 PM PST

"I Smile Back" is a tautly written story of a woman's life spinning out of control from the inside out. Its protagonist, Laney, is married to a successful businessman, has a boy and a girl and a nice house in a nice suburb. Still beautiful, she is just starting to feel a little old. On the surface, she is a model mother, relaxed and sure of herself. Inside, she is losing it. This is a terrific exploration of the violent forces of love and pain inside an "ordinary" woman. Koppelman is both sympathetic to her subject and relentlessly objective about her.

I haven't read "A Mouthful of Air," but for me, this was a good place to start.


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