The Truth Looks Better on Everyone: A Good Hard Look

BlogHer Review
An intricately woven story of what happens when you force yourself to be someone you're not, instead of being the best version of yourself, A Good Hard Look is deeply moving, painful and fascinating. One of the best books I've read in a very long time!

I fancy myself a writer. I'm not published yet, but I'm working on it. I like to think that I have a pretty good grasp of human nature, and that I can dig into the depths of a character in a way that draws a reader in and makes it easy to relate to what is going on in the book. I guess I should have said all that in the past tense, because once I read this book, I decided that what I once thought I could tap into, was nothing compared to how Ms. Napolitano immerses herself in in this book and the depths of human depravity displayed in her characters.

The appearance of a historical author as one of the main characters adds extra flavor to the story, a person which Ann credits as "saving the day" while she was writing the book. In keeping with the person she is remembered to be, Flannery O'Connor's character adds the real flavor to the story; she pushes the limits, asks the hard questions, and doesn't care how bad the answer makes a person look -- the truth looks better on everyone.

Rich in flawed, raw characters and tragedy that affects them all in an instant, A Good Hard Look is an absolutely brilliant look into humanity, and not just a simple work of fiction -- it's the truth about who we are when we lie to ourselves, and those around us.


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