The Garden Party: A Novel

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Romeo and Juliet meets Mrs. Dalloway in Grace Dane Mazur’s novel The Garden Party. I won’t hesitate to admit that I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I assumed it would be a retelling of these classic stories, but Mazur excelled in making the story her own. Her characters possessed incredible depth without sacrificing relatability; I found it easy both to identify with and to learn valuable lessons from them. The character of Naomi in particular really struck a chord with me. Mazur zooms all the way in, dropping the reader into the brains of several impressively dynamic characters. Furthermore, I found myself unable to set the book down. There was never a dull moment; the drama of each significant event expertly paved the way for the next.

The Garden Party easily receives a five-star rating from me. Mazur stuns with her authorial versatility in this novel. Hilarious, heartfelt, and at times incredibly profound, The Garden Party is perfect for a variety of readers, particularly those looking to enrich their sense of empathy for those around them.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Random House
Publish Date 2018-Jul-10
ISBN 9780399179723 Buy this Book
Issue September 2018
Category Modern Literature


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