Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Twelve Rooms with a View (2010)

Twelve Rooms with a View: A NovelTwelve Rooms with a View: A Novel by Theresa Rebeck

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is something addictive about Theresa Rebeck's characters even though most of them are not very nice. You just can't look away.

Tina Finn and her sisters have just lost their estranged Mother but may be getting the extraordinary twelve room apartment with a view that was left to her. Tina, who has been cleaning people's homes and living in a trailer house, moves into the apartment much to the dismay of the building residents. From there it begins to get complicated.

It is clever having the building as a character in the fairytale. Some of the story rambles and the ending seems appended, but on the whole the book is an enjoyable read and Tina is a wily heroine.

Ms. Rebeck is a playwright of note. Her dialogue is wonderful and I wouldn't be surprised if either of her books (Three Girls and Their Brother) is optioned for film.

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