Jealousy. Some fiction writers enjoy writing hundreds and hundreds of pages to flesh out stories about our human condition. Amélie Nothomb condenses lots of insight about life into a novel of just over one hundred pages titled, Strike Your Heart. Protagonist Diana is the firstborn child of a beautiful woman named Marie. Their relationship, marked by Marie’s jealousy of Diana, provides the core of this finely written novel. Alienated from Marie, Diana finds relationships with other women and those are fraught with turmoil. I expect that any book club that selects this novel with lead to revelation of one’s own maternal and sibling relationships and an extra glass of wine or two.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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