"Lacking the integration of Missing Pieces (1997), this entry breaks in two: an irresistibly sudsy demonstration of the rich impossibilities of being a wife, a mother, and a friend, capped by a schematic, unconvincing whodunit."
This paean to female friendship and its pressures over a span of 15 years is a highly readable, but ultimately unsuccessful, melding of Fielding's two leading interests: endangered women (The First Time
, 2000) and criminal endangerment (Don't Cry Now
, 1995, etc.).
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