A Soft Place to Land

A Soft Place to Land is a good read – light, but somewhat thoughtful, with a well written motif and sympathetic characters.  I thought the author did a particularly good job with settings, describing two different parts of Atlanta, San Francisco, and Berkeley with evocative detail without being overwhelming.  I’m always interested in books with southern settings, because my family is from the south but I don’t consider myself a southerner, so I read details to see if other people see things the same way I do, or if I’m just an outsider.

Some of the choices the author made for the characters seemed a bit forced, but overall I thought the characterization was good.  The author did a good job of building who the main character became and making that make sense, and the main character and her sister had strong interactions throughout the book.

I was also intrigued by the way the author wove actual historical events into the narrative and made it make sense and even contribute to a strong ending.

If  you’re looking for a book that is good but not too demanding, I’d recommend A Soft Place to Land. It would be a great book for a vacation, or to read over the holidays when you might not have a ton of focused time. That’s not to say it’s a lame book, just that it’s the sort of thing you can read to relax.  At any rate, I enjoyed it!


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3 thoughts on “A Soft Place to Land

  1. I didn’t care for this book. I think the constant Christian bashing got to me. The story had potential, but seemed to wax into a diatribe of the author’s perspective.

    I wanted to tell you, too, that I found a copy of the Goops book at a garage sale this weekend. My boys loved it. So thankful to have read about it on your blog.

    Plus, still haven’t received the “To Be Sung Underwater” book.

  2. I agree with Wendy. I wondered if the author had a traumatic experience with Christians in her youth. I was disturbed by the casual sexual activity of the girls, especially Julia at a young age. I wonder how typical this is of today’s culture. Even the one person who was portrayed with a meaningful and applied faith was also quick to divorce his faith from his lifestyle.

    Also, I wondered, “Are there any parents here?” The girls’ parents are totally self-absorbed, and while they seem to love their girls, they basically have no involvement in the girls’ upbringing. The guardians are equally unwilling or incapable of actually playing the role of parents. Again, is this just an accurate (and depressing) portrayal of our culture today?

  3. It’s interesting that y’all were bothered by the portrayal of Christians. I thought it was a pretty accurate description of the “Christian” culture – that is, people who would call themselves Christians. I think it’s sobering that so many people think of this when they think of Christians and it’s a good reason for us to think through how our neighbors and associates view us.

    I didn’t think the casual activity of the girls was unusual given their upbringing – when you aren’t brought up with any values or any parental involvement why would you do any differently?

    I don’t think most parents are like that, and I don’t think most young people are like that, but I do think some are.

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