After their second marriage and divorce (to each other) Nell's parents arrange that Nell and her younger brother Hugo will live in New York with Dad, who writes science books at home, while Mom will live in the country with her friend Greta and commute to her New York job….
The ups and downs of living with Dad … are related to us by Nell in a meandering fashion. ["Taking Sides"] drags along, evoking in the reader a sense of having been trapped by a self-important bore, the you'll-never-guess-what-happened-to-me person who grabs your arm at a party and tries to implant meaning to an inconsequential tale with frenetic hand motions and overemphasized phrases.
The musings of...
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