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Deconstructed: A Novel (A Cricket Crosby…
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Deconstructed: A Novel (A Cricket Crosby Caper, Book 1) (udgave 2022)

af Liz Talley (Forfatter)

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"Antique-store owner Cricket Crosby's life is turned upside down when she discovers that the rumors of her husband's affair aren't just leisurely southern gossip. Her plan:...enlist the help of her new assistant, Ruby and make her husband pay. Ruby knows how quickly everything changes. After a dicey past, she's determined to forge a new future by working for Cricket and reinventing herself as a designer"--… (mere)
Medlem:StephanieZvan
Titel:Deconstructed: A Novel (A Cricket Crosby Caper, Book 1)
Forfattere:Liz Talley (Forfatter)
Info:Brilliance Audio (2022)
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:2024

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I’m not normally one for women’s lit, which is pretty much what this novel turned out to be, but it’s pretty cute, though I could’ve done without the adult language and topics. The references felt childish and crass in their portrayal and really brought this novel down for me.

Overall I liked it and finished it quickly, but I did feel like it lacked depth, which honestly is great for a summer read. There’s a lot of unnecessary fluff to fill out the narrative and the characters felt two-dimensional, which was disappointing because the plot had promise. The ending is sweet but not as satisfying as I had hoped, wishing a surprise twist would come out of the woodwork, but sadly that never came to be.

Still debating on if I’m going to give the rest of this series a chance... ( )
  cflores0420 | Jun 24, 2024 |
Liz Talley is the Mark Twain of Southern women’s literature. She brings her trademark wit to a tale of contemplated revenge and unfounded regret transformed into restorative redemption. Through her clever, wry, and heartfelt tale of Cricket and Ruby, women who live on opposite sides of society’s tracks, Liz examines the perceptions life’s fortunate hold for those less so and the assumptions the ‘less lucky’ make about the ones who seemingly live charmed existences. She tackles the great divide in modern society between the haves and have-nots in a clever story (sans moralizing) in the same manner Twain addressed race and class when he wrote Huckleberry Finn.
Like the book’s title, Liz deconstructs the lives of her main characters and reassembles their existence into something greater than the sum of individual experiences.
Deconstructed is the tale of Cricket, a woman raised with the rigid set of manners and expected station in life only an omnipotent Southern matriarch demands from her debutante daughter, who faces the metaphorical ‘burning down of her house’ with both an impending divorce from her first love, Scott, coupled with her perceived loss of financial stability. And it is the story of her relationship with Ruby, a young woman who wears her piercings like a survivor’s scars and makes exquisite creations from couture cast-offs, an Ugly Duckling whose hopes and dreams tragically squashed on the cusp of womanhood turned into the Swan she was meant to be. A “pioneer tough” heroine described as “sinewy, strong, and designed to withstand hot Louisiana summers ...[who] might as well be a walking advertisement for a pickup truck” transformed into “an edgy, dramatic, dark Cinderella” at the appropriately named Gritz & Glitz ball.
Both Cricket and Ruby rise like Phoenixes from the ashes of their respective dumpster fire lives to prove in another memorable line from the book that “paper people are consumed by fire, dissipating into ash before scattering to the wind… but others, those made of steel use the fire to form an edge… melding them into something stronger.”
These Southern women are truly ‘Steel Magnolias.’
The supporting cast is richly drawn displaying the disparities between the rich and ruined. I adored the potential suitors: Griff, Ty and Dak who despite their socio-economic differences shared one thing in common: the love and support of the brave women in their lives learning to own their strength. They are my new favorite book boyfriends.
Ms. Talley’s story has a depth that remains light-hearted as Cricket notes “let us never forget cute as a qualification for everything in life.” Each page brought a chuckle or grin to my face as when Cricket reminds us “a smile [is] your best accessory.”
Like Ruby’s description of Gram at her birthday party, this book felt “like home to me.” Ms. Talley has shared this story has been gestating for nine years. It was worth the wait. I hope we don’t have to wait nearly as long for her to revisit these characters or themes again. ( )
  wcdukes | Jan 4, 2022 |
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