Published 4:54 pm Wednesday, April 25, 2007

There really are some memories that don’t fade. I know exactly where I was and what I was doing at 8:30 a.m. on Sept 11, 2001. It was traumatic and it was gripping. But, those words don’t exactly describe “Some Memories Don’t Fade.”

The inside cover doesn’t say “Review Copy” so I assume that this is the one that is on the shelves in local bookstores. So… there are come glaring grammatical errors and some typos. Those kinds of things just make me come to a screeching halt when I’m reading, so I know how aggravating that can be when you see them in this paper. But, let’s set that aside.

This book is not the usual office politics or the kind of court room drama of Perry Mason or John Grisham. This book is a very interesting soap opera that actually has an ending. It is compelling in that you start to care about Susan and Pete and Ona; you just don’t want the sordidness of what’s going on in the law firm to taint those characters. You come to understand why Ona never goes to the coffee shop in the morning… why Pete gets tongue-tied asking Susan out… why Susan wants things to be “fixed”, all the while knowing that they can’t be fixed.

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It is an interesting study in human behavior.

I do have trouble believing all this stuff could happen in one office of three secretaries, one receptionist, one intern, and four lawyers. Then, again, we are talking about lawyers. On the other hand, this takes place back in 1967.

I really enjoyed the nostalgia trip. I so remember those typewriters and the styles and the coffee being perked, not dripped. Remember that?

I give this book three and a half stars out of five. Better than average, but not top quality because the story drags a bit in places and because the errors put stopgaps in the storyline.

Ratings: 0 stars is not worth the paper it’s printed on; 1 star, mildly interesting for a very short period of time and I didn’t finish it; 2 stars, average but worth buying and spending time with; 3 stars above average; 4 stars, such a good read I read every word; 5 stars, I couldn’t put it down to even eat or sleep.