Friday, March 24, 2017

Jane of Manchester by J G Dow

Jane of ManchesterJane of Manchester by J.G. Dow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jane of Manchester by J.G. Dow is a rambling, diary-like look at the life of Jane, who works in a florist's shop, has good friends and supportive parents. While all may seem fine on the surface, Jane is somewhat at odds with her spot in life; while everyone around her is either getting married, already married with kids, or has a great plan of action, Jane is living a rather simple and uninspired existence. This disquietude tugs at her in a small way throughout the story, while nothing is inherently wrong, things are the same old, same old, day after day. The first person narrative fits this story well, it captures the character of Jane astutely, and weaves the story around her everyday activities. The backdrop of Manchester and the culture of the Brits is enjoyable and sensitively rendered. The author, Dow, also gives the story a somber touch by fully describing the alcohol infused lifestyle that many young woman engage in, which may be enlightening for some. There are a few funny moments in the book that thankfully allow it to rise above the mundane and ordinary as well. All in all, an entertaining, light, novel.

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