This novel kept my attention from start to finish and I enjoyed how the narrator matured from a young, inexperienced woman throwing herself head over heels into sexual freedom to a woman making somewhat more measured choices for herself. I think the big question I have for any reader of this book is whether Vivian is indeed what Edna says she is...someone playing with other women's toys. The blurb on the cover suggests that Vivian can be good without doing good things all the time--fair enough--but {SPOILER ALERT}….she is of course involved in an emotional affair with a married man right to the end of the novel, so? Isn't she exactly the kind of person Edna said she was? I wondered if the novel is about self-delusion and the folly of thinking we ever really know ourselves, frankly. Beyond that, or maybe inclusive of that, the quick pace of the story is a summer delight. Worth a read!

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