Caroline Leavitt’s writing makes you feel as though you’ve slipped into a warm bubbling jacuzzi. In Cruel Beautiful World, Leavitt’s sentences melt into one another so effortlessly that before you know it, you’re completely immersed into Lucy’s nightmare and Charlotte’s lost potential. The time is the 1970’s, but it’s also today, tomorrow and forever. Leavitt knows people like a parent knows their child (the good, the bad, and the ugly) yet she never judges. And this is the gift to her readers. We get to make up our own minds about these fragile and lonely sisters while being surprised at their every twist and turn. I believe that is what’s called master story-telling. Which makes Leavitt, and rightly so, a master story-teller. I loved this book.
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