ningerbil (ningerbil) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 7

7. Silver Orphan, by Martine Lacombe. All in all, this was a good read, with a lot of thought-provoking information dealing with the well-documented aging of America. In the story, Brooke Blake is a highly successful (and somewhat narcissistic) young woman who works for the pharmaceutical industry selling drugs to doctors. She takes a lot of pride in her attractive figure and her up-to-date fashions. A chance encounter with the elderly Frank Moretti winds up changing her life in more ways than she could have anticipated. For eight months, Brooke winds up meeting him regularly to assist him with his shopping and to just check on his welfare. Her contact with Frank starts to peal away her egotistical shell. But it is after his death, and her search for any missing kin, when Brooke really starts to change into a more empathic person. The characters are well-constructed, and I loved the interactions between Brooke and Frank. Both of them have their pride and stubbornness. Their relationship is balanced -sometimes Brooke is right, sometimes Frank is. There is a lot of statistical information in the book, but it is handled in a believable fashion and doesn't come across as preachy or overwhelming. There are some typos that should have been caught, and the ending felt a bit flat, rushed. There was another potential thread that comes up at the end - where Brooke is actually facing possible charges connected to her job- that seemed to come out of nowhere. I think this issue could have been introduced as a side story earlier on. I think it could have made the novel even better, and Brooke's redemption even more pronounced. I do like how the story was paced- you find out about Frank's past bit by bit, doled out over the course of the book. The final revelation about Frank was great. The story alternates three different times periods (actually, in a way, four- one chapter deals with Frank's parents when they first come to America). One deals with Frank as he grows up. The second covers Brooke and her time spent with Frank. The third deals with Brooke's trying to find out if Frank has any next of kin. These three aspects work well together, and I could easily tell Brooke's voice from Franks's voice (the bulk of the story is written in first-person perspective), even without the dates listed at the beginning of each chapter.

Currently reading: Slaughterhouse-five, by Kurt Vonnegut
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