Something’s happened to Elizabeth Berg’s writing – and it’s not for the better.
Previous works like “Talk Before Sleep” and “Open House” were carefully written stories with deep and complex characters you’d want to know.
In “Once Upon a Time There Was You,” however, Berg offers her readers one-dimensional people who blunder through their directionless lives, regretting their mistakes.
Irene and John married for all the wrong reasons. Their child, Sadie, is the only thing they did right before divorcing. Irene took Sadie from the couple’s home in the midwest to live in San Francisco.
Sadie’s life is turned upside down after a terrifying brush with a mad man. John rushes to California to help his daughter put her life back together, but as it turns out, Sadie is the most together teenager on the planet. Her parents are a different story. Neither are people you’d want to know. They act like shallow, self-absorbed teenagers in need of a trip to the woodshed.
Berg missed the boat here. In fact, I don’t think she even had tickets to this cruise.
Hopefully, she’ll get her groove back for the next launch.
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