The Republic of Love by Carol Shields

Carol Shields is regarded as the new Jane Austen, and I can see why after reading this book with its sharp observations about modern life and touches of comedy. However, I also found that it paints a grim picture of being a singleton in America. Although I liked the main characters, I thought that they were surprisingly jaded and old for their years.

I was also surprised by a very nasty character in the book who swore at a man for dropping her after one date. However, there probably are lots of women like that around.

I especially enjoyed reading about mermaids - find out why when you read the book!


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