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The Talented Miss Farwell: A Novel (edição 2020)

por Emily Gray Tedrowe (Autor)

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Título:The Talented Miss Farwell: A Novel
Autores:Emily Gray Tedrowe (Autor)
Informação:Custom House (2020), 352 pages
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this was fun but ultimately not that satisfying. i did enjoy it while i was reading, at least through most of the book, but certain things never made sense. i know that this sort of thing does happen in real life, but it's just so hard to believe that she could take that much money from a small town and that it wouldn't be noticed. that no one would question how she "moved" or "found" money to fund certain things when no money was in the coffers days/weeks before. it especially doesn't make sense that ken would see that she took some money at one point, and not look at the books and see if it was the only time. there is no way that would happen and that she wouldn't have been caught then. or that she wouldn't have had to do something drastic to cover her tracks at that point. or that she would never miss a day of work or get to the post office late enough that someone else would take the mail in. the paper trail for what she was doing was too obvious and easy to find if anyone would look. over 30 years only 1 person looked until the end?

maybe the implication that becky farwell is as notorious a criminal as tom ripley (the title implies this to me as it refers back to the talented mr ripley set me up to expect something different from this, though.

that said, i kind of enjoyed the big world art scene and inner workings of the small town. the writing was fine and i did enjoy reading it throughout. it just didn't fully work for me in the end, but wasn't a bad read. i'd read her again. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Jun 2, 2021 |
Terrific writing and such a fascinating story based, in part on a historical event in Dixon, Illinois, in 2012 where a female government employee managed to embezzle $54 million dollars over 20 years. Tedrowe really ran with this idea and the book is really fun to read because you can't help liking so many things about Becky..."Reba." But oh dear, the overlapping and compounding problems she caused---with the idea in her mind that it would all come out right in the end. Whew! ( )
  nyiper | May 4, 2021 |
Becky Farwell is a whiz at math. Because of this skill, she is able to save her father’s business for a bit. However, due to their financial problems, Becky isn’t able to go to college. Instead, she takes a course in accounting and begins working for the town. She quickly moved up the ranks, but not before noticing some errors in the books.
Meanwhile, Becky is bitten by the art bug. She gets a crash course in how to buy and sell art from a man she meets during a failed attempt to purchase a painting.
Driven by her obsession with art, Becky starts skimming money from the town, promising to return it when she can sell her art at a profit.
Becky also enters into a friendship with a high school classmate, Ingrid, because of Ingrid incredible kindness to Becky.
I felt this book was a bit dry, never quite hitting its mark. It talked a lot about art, but I never felt invested in it. I did want Becky to succeed, if only to help out the town.
Thanks to The Book Club Girl, Harper Collins and Net Galley for the ARC.

#TheTalentedMissFarwell #EmilyGrayTedrowe
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  rmarcin | Oct 11, 2020 |
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From helping to run her father’s company when she was a child, Becky progressed to being a major art trader. Her art purchases were financed by embezzling millions of dollars from a small Illinois town where she was a trusted government employee. The title of this book is obviously supposed to make you think of “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. Do not be fooled by that. Ripley was an intriguing and charismatic sociopath. Becky is a charisma-free thief. It was not at all convincing that she could charm (and claw) her way through the high end art market, all while maintaining her small town life. I never rooted for her and just kept reading to see if she would get caught. The book does have a lot of details on how to embezzle funds, in case you’re interested.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ( )
  fhudnell | Oct 10, 2020 |
Greed and obsession are packaged in Becky Farwell, and even though you know she is greedy and out for her own interests, the reader will like her. Even at the end after she has been caught for embezzling city funds from the city for which she worked; you will like her. She may not have gone to college, but she’s got math smarts which keeps moving her up in the financial department of the small city outside of Chicago where she lives. Her problem is that she likes art. By this I mean EXPENSIVE art and as she figures out how to move the money to a city bank account that only she can access the funds her obsession grows and she finds herself moving among the big art aficionados not only of New York City but the world. Her double life works for an astonishing long time, and when it crashes, the FBI has become involved. I enjoyed the audio version of the book. Well read, with wonderful voices for different characters. I only have quibbles with a few minor details. The town of Pierson has a Petunia Festival and she helps plant petunia “bulbs”. Since when do petunias come from bulbs. As her double life becomes stressful, she begins having health problems. One of the issues is skin rashes. She reads an article about a woman who had a terrible rash on her head and during the night, she scratched it so much she ended up scratching brain matter. Where on the head does the skull not protect the brain? I can’t see how this is possible. Although the reader knows Becky is doomed if she doesn’t get her embezzlement under control, and the ending is probably known after the first two chapters, the road she takes in collecting art is interesting. ( )
  brangwinn | Sep 29, 2020 |
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