The Angry Woman Suite is an unexpected novel. Most authors shy away from having more than one protagonist. Lee Fullbright has three.
This different take actually works, which I found surprising as I have rarely come across a book where that tactic doesn’t lead to confusion and chaos for the reader.
The supporting characters are not forgotten and are fleshed out just enough to not only make them interesting but integral to the story.
It is a disturbing novel. This is one of the most venomous families I have ever come across. How they tear each other down is Machiavellian in extremis. But it is compelling.
I found it a difficult novel at times to read. Not because of the writing. Lee Fullbright has eloquently detailed a time and a family in a way that makes it no surprise this book has won the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Award for Literary Fiction.
It is not a novel to be read for enjoyment…though that comes because of the articulate and fluent prose that weaves together the three protagonists’ lives in a tapestry of torment and deceit.
What I loved most about this book was the fact that I found it difficult to put any one character in the good or bad box. Their complicated personalities had you hating them one moment and sympathizing with them the next. For me as a writer it is one of the most difficult tasks. So I appreciate it when I find authors who are able to do this. No villain is completely bad and neither are the good guys what they seem.
My only problem with this book is the ending.
To quote my favourite TV show: “Endings are hard!”
I felt that Lee, in trying to tie up the loose ends and leave you with a sense of completeness, only left me wondering. I finished the book unsure of why it all happened.
That said…Lee Fullbright is a writer I want to read more of in the future.