The importance of being Myrtle by Ulrika Jonsson

I liked the title, link to Oscar Wilde, familiarity, but was important that Myrtle found out who she was after years of repression. Great characters, well portrayed. Felt sympathy for them all and like them, except Gill, Austin and Myrtle’s mum. But by the end you could see why the first two behaved as they did. I thought Dorothy was going to be a cow, but she wasn’t, also that she was a lot younger than Myrtle, but she wasn’t. A lot of issues covered – teenage pregnancy and attitudes towards it, death, lesbianism, guilt, sex and older people, forgiveness, living up to expectations. Gianni was so nice and made things happen by being a listening ear.

It was an easy read but you wanted to know how the situations would be resolved. I enjoyed it.

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