Review: A Fine Imitation

After reading my reviews friends often ask, “but—did you like the book?” Generally, I shrug their questions off. It’s not my job to like or dislike a book. I believe good reviews provide enough information for the reader to decide if they will like the book.  I’ve already read it—at least four times.

If I’m truly unhappy with some aspect of the work, I may slip in a hint that the book wasn’t my favorite: “others may like,” “not to everyone’s taste,” or “too much of a good thing.”

Fortunately, there was no need for code phrases about A Fine Imitation. Although it shares the New York setting and 1920s period, Amber Brock’s debut novel is not the next The Great Gatsby, but it is an excellent summer read for fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic.

Read my full review of A Fine Imitation published in the Historical Novel Society‘s May 2016 Historical Novels Review.

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