A woman writer goes to Athens to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. The more they talk the more certain themes begin to emerge: the experience of loss, the difficulty of intimacy, and the mystery of creativity itself.
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Someone needs to tell Kate Lock That. She. Doesn't. Need. To. Read. So. Slowly. And also that she isn't reading to children. So she doesn't need to put weird and inappropriate inflections on the words. I couldn't get more than a chapter in to this book because the performance was so dreadful. Potentially a nice book utterly ruined.
Spoiled by the narration
It would have been preferable to have a straight narration, rather than an actorly audible interpretation, of the text
She tried to give an audible character to the people in the book. The interpretation was over the top and did not match my view of the characters.