Memory. One of fiction’s great themes is that things are often not as they appear to be. In Roddy Doyle’s novel, Smile, memories and what really happened may also be different. Protagonist Victor Forde remembers lots of vivid things, include abuse while at school, but he doesn’t quite recall a fellow student named Eddie whom he meets decades later. Doyle offers readers crisp dialogue, humor, and great uncertainty about the reliability of memory.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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