Small Mercies

51yHB9kQSrLI read about Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce in several locations including this review on Gayle Weiswasser’s great blog Everyday I Write the Book. I didn’t read her whole review until I had read Small Mercies myself. I didn’t like the book as much as she did. While I enjoyed the beginning and middle, I got bogged down at the end and was ready for the story to end. So, overall, I found it disappointing, as I was expecting more. Small Mercies, however, had an intriguing premise – a week in the life of a Staten Island family who continue to cope with one of their members’ death on 9/11, ten years earlier. I felt that Joyce accurately captured what I imagine Staten Island to be like and I liked the characters. But, it just didn’t do it for me.
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