Susan Isaacs Jonathan Yardley - Essay

Jonathan Yardley

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Almost Paradise is a commercial novel with aspirations to be something more—aspirations that, unfortunately, it fails by a wide measure to fulfill. Susan Isaacs is an intelligent writer and a perceptive observer of social customs, and if you close your ears to the clanking machinery of her third novel you are likely to be diverted by it. But she wants to do more than provide a mere entertainment. She wants to make a Statement about marriage à la mode; the trouble is that the marriage around which the novel is constructed is so improbable, and the novel itself is so weighted down with the clichés of schlock fiction, that Isaacs' good intentions eventually get swallowed up in the fat pudding she has...

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