I had mixed feelings about Woman No. 17. Lepucki's writing style is beyond compare and it was a very easy read. The story and the characters didn't do much for me, though. I actually didn't like any of the characters. Well, maybe with the exception of Devin but he is a toddler so how can I not? I found Seth to be about as manipulative as S was and Lady came across as selfish and pampered. I want to give a full disclaimer at this moment and say that I am not a huge fan of performance or experimental art. Maybe I just don't get it but it seems pretentious to me. S and Seth's performance art, especially, seemed to me to be something that is only liked by those in the upper crust of society, a people who are often not informed about what the lives of the rest of society are like. I have a slight inkling that even they don't get it. I could see the ending from a mile away. The whole time that I was reading the book, I kept thinking to myself, "Well, this can't possibly turn out well." I think this book would appeal to some readers but it just didn't appeal to me. I loved Lepucki's writing style and I would like to read her future work just for that reason but the story did not catch my attention.
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