The Art of Mending

51WPH7GJS4L._SY346_.jpgI like Elizabeth Berg (Open House, The Year of Pleasures) and found an older one of her books, The Art of Mending, in perfect condition in a Little Free Library. It was a quick and fairly simple read – a family comes together once a year to attend the State fair. Family secrets are revealed, death is involved, and the siblings have to figure out how to manage it all. There was something I can’t really put my finger on that made this story not work for me. Perhaps it was overly simplistic. Perhaps the characters weren’t developed enough. Either way, I didn’t love this read and felt let down once I got to the end. I’d give it a skip in favor of some of Berg’s other novels.
three-stars

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