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I read Arlington Park and enjoyed it, if that's the word for such a bleak book. Very well written, just rather pessimistic in its outlook!


I enjoyed Arlington Park very much. I'm about to start reading The Bradshaw Variations and hope it lives up to my expectations.

Claire (Paperback Reader)

I also enjoyed Arlington Park!

adele geras

I read Arlington Park with great interest and she can write very well but I can't honestly say I ENJOYED it! Still, I have Bradshaw Variations in my own TBR pile and will read soon. I notice that you have the new Jane Gardam to read too...I envy you that and will order it at once.


I read The Country Life quite a while ago, and though I can't remember much/anything about it, I know that I found it bleak and unappealing, enough so that when I see Rachel Cusk's name, I recoil. I guess I won't be adding any of hers to my "must read"pile. . . just as well when school starts again in two weeks and I am currently enjoying Peter Lovesey, a new discovery for me, and also trying to read all those school books I intended to "just breeze through over the summer"!

Heather Bond

I read The Country Life and loved it. Haven't read anything else by her. I do have In the Fold on the shelf but never seem to want to read it. Hmmm.

I'm curious to hear your final thoughts on Heaven and Earth.


I read Arlington Park and was impressed by her grasp of the "dark underbelly" of motherhood. However, because the bleakness was unrelenting, I could not say I loved (or even fully enjoyed) the reading experience but on the whole I was awed by her honesty

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