So Much Pretty

So Much Pretty

A Novel

Book - 2011
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" So Much Pretty is a fearless first novel," announced The New York Times Book Review , "for all the passion in this intense narrative, Hoffman writes with a restraint that makes poetry of pain."

Set in a rural community steeped in silence and denial, So Much Pretty explores all parents' greatest fear, that their child will be hurt. But it also examines a second, equally troubling question: What if my child hurts someone else? The disappearance and murder of nineteen-year-old Wendy White is detailed through the eyes of journalist Stacy Flynn and a host of other richly drawn characters, each with their own secrets and convictions. After Wendy's body is found, Flynn's intense crusade to expose a killer draws the attention of a precocious local girl, Alice Piper, whose story intertwines with Wendy's in a spellbinding and unexpected climax.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
ISBN: 9781451617283
9781451616750
Characteristics: 283 p. ;,24 cm.

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beachcat2
Nov 09, 2012

Not an easy read, but mesmerizing...

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jquickmsw
Mar 17, 2012

Wow. Well written, smart, suspenseful, and important: the author tackles violence against women/girls and the erosion of morality in favor of money in our culture in a way that builds as you turn pages, raises awareness and outrage. A slam-bang, consciousness-raising book that I couldn't put down. Look at all those stars by reviewers and trust them. Read it. Urge your friends to read it, too. It's NOT pretty, but it's worth your time, if you're brave enough.

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biblioholic
Mar 17, 2012

For some reason, reminds me of Alice Sebolds's "The Lovely Bones." Very, very dark. But most of all? Shatters any hope that there is a middle ground. That there is any such thing as traditional values in a modern world. Perhaps, that there is any such thing as values at all, apart from power and the elements that struggle against it. If you read this book, be prepared to be thinking about it for a good long time.

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tocch101
Feb 21, 2012

Very confusing and dark. I like how it tied everything together in the end, but almost wish there had been a bit more of a chronological background and more resolution, but still good.

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beckylunatic
Jun 16, 2011

Essentially, this is a book about privilege (sex and class), and the assumptions people make based on their perceptions of such.

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myluckytigerbelt
May 06, 2011

What starts as a typical suspense/whodunnit type of thing becomes more rich and layered the more you read. Told from many perspectives of a few different characters and documents, the story of a missing girl in a small town becomes so much more by the time you’re done reading and the way the different sides of a couple crimes are revealed are so well written and observed that this becomes a great book.

Exploring themes of Feminism, Class, Environmentalism, Small-town-life-vs.-Big-City, So Much Pretty had me hooked. The people in this book were always fascinating and this reads way better than books like this tend to. You will question when a member of a society has the obligation to speak up, to tell, even at the risk of their own comfort. I highly recommend this book and will be waiting less than patiently for Hoffman’s second book.

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