The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon (2 out of 5)

This book is out now. It was released on June 27, 2017 from the folks at Putnam Books. I liked her writing style, and she set the circumstances up well, but the only problem I had was …everything else. I’m sure that Oprah will read and recommend this book out the wazoo. It just made me angry and annoyed. This book brought to you by the letter “A”. It is very good at addressing the difficulties of being Americans in a Middle Eastern country, but was that the real point, or the dissonance of trust amid supposed friends? No thanks. The world is a dark enough place as it is. I like books to help me escape, not make me more melancholy. 

Cassie and her husband Dan end up “fostering” Margaret and her husband Crick, who are new to the military life in Jordan, and their son Mather. Cassie and Dan are on tinder hooks around each other all the time, their inability to conceive a child stretching their love for one another into different corners. By comparison, Crick and Margaret have their beautiful son, the newlywed glow, and swanky new digs that Cassie quietly and jealously covets. The men are shipped off to Italy, and Margaret goes hog wild, despite Cassie warning her to be careful with the cultural differences, and how American women are viewed by those native to Jordan. She becomes friends with two gentlemen, not realizing that one thinks all the wrong things and that the other that she is trying to help out as a friend, is a high up government official, who will pay a steep price for her friendship with him. This is ONLY the beginning  of a domino effect going  full tilt. Cassie and Margaret get into an accident with the baby in the car, and Margaret leaves Cassie at her apartment to watch the baby so she can go to the police station and make restitution. The only problem is that Margaret never returns. A frantic Cassie tries getting ahold of her, Crick, and finally her own husband, because she is damn scared something terrible has happened. Where’s Margaret? Why did she have have a restlessness in her soul that led her to not listen to Cassie’s warnings? Did she have undiagnosed bipolar depression? This is a hard book to get through, because multiple corners are painted black. The end result is staggering and makes you shake your head at the entire scenario. So, yes, if you like a deep, bleak fiction encounter, go here. It’s just a little too bleak for my liking. 

~ by generationgbooks on July 9, 2017.

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