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September 09, 2010


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Nancy West

I'm still near the beginning of this book but so far I absolutely agree with you in every aspect. Didn't think I could ever love another Shriver novel as much as "Kevin," but this one is fabulous also. Yesterday on "Fresh Air," I heard Maureen Corrigan say that the great female novelists writing about contemporary domestic life were Allegra Goodman, Sue Miller and Lionel Shriver.

bermudaonion (Kathy)

I have some issues with health care and they're not even related to cancer. My son has an auto immune disorder and we have to wait to see if the insurance company will pre-approve the treatment the doctor has recommended before we proceed. It seems the insurance company is our health care provider. I'll get off of my soapbox and say that I have a feeling I could relate to this book.


I read this book earlier in the summer and thought it was great: thought provoking, scathing, upsetting, and also funny at times. As a Canadian who now lives in the U.S. and has pretty crappy health care coverage, I had an interesting perspective on the story. I didn't mind the ending but I can see how it might seem too convenient. However, the last line in the book actually made me laugh out loud, which was a nice way to finish up after all the tough content.


@Nancy - would agree re: Lionel and Sue Miller. Haven't read any AG yet.

@Kathy - yes, I think you will relate to this book. Sorry to hear about your son and the insurance company - it must be very difficult.

@Susan - I am finding that I enjoy the ending more, the more distant I get from the book.

Colleen (Books in the City)

I have been wanting to read a Shriver book for a while and have a special interest in health care - this seems the perfect combination! I am happy to see a positive review of this book - I have read many negative ones so far.

S. Krishna

I've had this one on my shelf for review since it came out and haven't gotten to it. I'll have to rectify that soon. Thanks for the review!

Dr. Blondie

Loved the Kevin book. My book club is reading this one next month--I hope to begin reading it soon.


About to start reading this for book group. Loved Kevin and Post Birthday World.


I've read about four Shriver novels, and I will always love Post-Birthday, if only because it was so personal to me when I first read it. Kevin just blows me away every time I think about it.

However, I've been iffy about dipping into this one. When Shriver gets political, I'm just wary. It's selfish of me, I know.


I love books that have a political element to them. I think this comes from the fact that I'm a poli sci minor. And I love hearing different political ideas whether or not I agree with them. Because these are issues that we should be thinking - health care is a big deal! This is sadly actually my first time hearing about Shriver's writing but now I'm definitely going to be picking up some new books!


Thanks for adding another one to my TBR list Gayle. :-)

I LOVED Kevin and was a little ambivalent about Post-Birthday World. If So Much for That falls somewhere between the two, it'll be a great read.

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