Overall, the writing is superb and the story has many interesting moments, but the focus on Sula and Nel takes away from much of the rich places Morrison could have gone.
A deeply intimate and creative endeavor, The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová: A Biographical Collage could work beautifully in a classroom or on your bedside nightstand.
Honestly, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed the hardcover book. All the pleading might have sounded forced, and thus I recommend the audiobook over the hardcover edition.
To whom would this book appeal other than Ehrenreich herself?
The familiar “she’s like a comfortable shoe” theme.
American readers see what’s unusual, and the details are enough to make the story’s setting and characters vividly “other.”
“Why were we only made to die?”
Stories are the only way we can make that connection to a spiritual realm…
“No, I don’t like you and I never will but for all that I’m going to make a decent, upstanding infant of you.”
She almost died of “pewmonia,” for instance.