Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Beginning: Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley


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"I had a key. I was there to water Susan's plants, but I've always had a key."

-- Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley. This is Smiley's third novel, published in 1984, seven years and two novels before her Pulitzer-winning A Thousand Acres brought her fame.

Although it is described as a thriller and starts with the discovery of two murdered bodies, it is really a story of relationships among a group of friends from the Midwest who moved to New York City in the late 1970s. I love the era and have a feeling I'm going to love the book, even though I just started it.

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