When you only publish a book once every decade or so—and your last novel won the Pulitzer Prize, to boot—expectations for your next work are bound to be excessively high.
John Grisham is such a good storyteller that it’s easy to forget how much you can learn about law and justice, with all “its flaws and ambiguities,” while listening to one of his
Leah Hager Cohen’s poignant fourth novel, The Grief of Others, follows a married couple as they try to move forward in the wake of tragedy.
I was looking forward to reading this for months before publication. I really loved "Middlesex" and I can't begin to convey how truly disappointed I was in "The Marriage Plot". I had to force myself to pick it up over and over again. The story line plodded along, the prose was heavy and leaden, the plot line exhausting. I was unable to like or sympathize with the three mealy-mouthed, self-absorbed main characters. I kept hoping that if I kept at the 400 pages, that at some point, it would become worthwhile. It never did. What a waste of time.