Friday, February 08, 2013
Small Damages, by Beth Kephart
And so, Kenzie finds herself in a small town in sun-drenched Spain, working as an assistant to a cook named Estela -- a woman with a past and regrets of her own. And, as the baby comes to term, Kenzie deals with her anger at being sent away and with her search for the meaning of "family."
It's a very lyrical book with beautiful language and is simultaneously surprisingly brisk to read. Readers who enjoy poetry and verse books will delight in Kephart's prose. That said, the style is also opaque and hard to follow (and, at times, a bit too precious). I personally would have preferred a clearer and more direct style (it can get exhausting to read pretty prose!). And while the story certainly evoked a mood, it all seemed a bit dull.