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Monica Hesse

Autor(a) de Girl in the Blue Coat

10 Works 2,445 Membros 105 Críticas

About the Author

Monica Hesse is a feature writer for the Washington Post. A finalist for a Livingston and a James Beard Award, she is also the author of Girl in the Blue Coat. She lives in Washington, Dc.

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Image credit: reading at the Gaithersburg Book Festival By Slowking4 - Own work, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48948454

Obras por Monica Hesse


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I enjoyed reading this book but in the end I was left dissatisfied. I liked what another reviewer said about how the story could have been more interesting if it had been told from a different perspective.
The most frustrating aspect of the book for me was that in the end very little was achieved. Plans went awry, things got confused but no one ended up better at the end of the book and except for a couple of people no one ended up worse. It was like turning up at a crime scene expecting there to be a mystery only to discover that the crime happened a long time ago and everyone has moved on. … (mais)
ChariseH | 38 outras críticas | May 25, 2024 |
Fantastic, exactly what a true crime book should be.
The crime becomes an embodiment of the time and place, gives you insight into the community, society and psychology .
It is sad at times for both the individuals and for what it reveals about parts of the country that are going through similar economic and social pressures,but it is an informative read.
cspiwak | 36 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |
Needed to take a day to collect my thoughts on this one. Its conclusion is so emotionally complicated. While I understand it, I’m conflicted in accepting it. Having a story of the aftermath of WWII, something that doesn’t seem to be focused on too often, was a sobering reminder. Tragedy didn’t end in 1945. But Zofia’s journey was… odd.
ilkjen | 15 outras críticas | Mar 5, 2024 |
As a narrative, this exceeded expectations—I enjoyed Hesse's accomplished but down-to-earth prose, and felt she did a decent job capturing the feel of rural Virginia without succumbing to simplistic narratives about small-town decay and obsolescence. While the book markets itself as depicting a "vanishing land," I don't think Hesse's narrative frames it quite that way.

Any prose work is going to be hard-pressed to capture as surreal a series of crimes as the Eastern Shore arson cases. I thought the story was at its best when depicting the community response, from volunteer firefighter camaraderie to Facebook speculation. Yet I'm not convinced there's any "there there" when it comes to analyzing the motivations of the perpetrators. It's true that the Eastern Shore is an ideal landscape for a would-be arsonist, but the events that led to the crimes feel more-or-less universal.

Perhaps this is its own lesson—if you approach a crime story looking for a metaphor, and find it, you may simply be a very good writer. Hesse dodges the trap, but what's left is just a very weird story.
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raschneid | 36 outras críticas | Dec 19, 2023 |



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