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Jonathan Amid Reviews Home Remedies by Diane Awerbuck

Home RemediesVerdict: carrot

After finishing Diane Awerbuck’s latest novel, Home Remedies, successor to Gardening at Night, I sat dumbfounded, almost in tears, thinking to myself: How do I describe this evocative novel to someone who loves reading? How to make sense of this work without reducing its complexity to a few adroit aphorisms?

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  • <a href="http://kathrynwhite.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Kathryn</a>
    Kathryn
    November 16th, 2012 @13:55 #
     
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    I really enjoy Amid's reviews - they add a deeper analysis and understanding of the book he is reviewing, as opposed to a summary and reaction type review (and even when reactory the insight is couched in simple to understand literary crit).

    ALSO I am a huge fan of this book. In my summary it's astounding - especially because it would seem to be a "domestic novel" , which is even better because, really, it's a stomach punch.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    November 18th, 2012 @23:20 #
     
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    I thought Amid really worked hard to engage with a book that's hard to write about precisely because it is a punch to the gut -- a shape-shifter, not what it seems. To say something substantial about it without spoilers -- which he manages very well -- is no mean feat. This is an extraordinary book. Not like anything else I've ever read.

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