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The Slow Waltz of Turtles by Katherine Pancol []



An improbably melodramatic follow up to The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles, this French best seller continues the saga of Josephine Cortes and the lives of those around her as she pursues her quest for self-discovery. Josephine has moved into a large Paris apartment with her younger daughter, while her older daughter studies fashion in London. Her mother employs a psychic to curse her stepfather’s new wife. Her intermittent boyfriend grows distant. Her sister Iris leaves the mental health facility she had entered. She thinks she sees her dead husband on the Metro. A neighborhood serial killer fails to kill her in a late night attack. Her flirtation with her brother-in-law deepens. She adopts an apparently stray dog. Her new neighbors are a mix of standoffish and interfering. Familiar characters from the first novel appear in virtual cameos and new ones populate Josephine’s new milieu. Less compulsively readable than the first novel, but enjoyable in itself. For fans of women’s stories, midlife crises, melodrama, and murder.

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