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I read the whole book expecting a reference to Elvis Costello's Goon Squad and never got it. But that was the only thing that disappointed me. Short vignettes stacked together with characters barely mentioned then playing the starring role. Music and time and disappointment and happiness beyond expectation. All are part of the strum and pluck of this smart novel.
I just loved the first third or so of this book. It's a historical novel set in Boston during the 1770s and is told as an epistolary novel, alternating between the male protagonist, a painter, and the female protagonist, the painter's apprentice, who is a fallen-from-society woman pretending to be a boy so that she can work. It's full of witty banter and the authors are American history professors, so it also felt as if the settings and descriptions and dialogue were real. Just wonderful. And then the sex scenes started in, which would be fine with me if they were occasional and brief and meant to advance the plot, but these were of what I think of as the how-to-manual variety, as if we are all very interested in who does what to whom in what way for pages at a time. Plus some detailed sexual harassment and abuse, which is never fun to read. And if that weren't enough, the authors had to throw in a completely unnecessary *murder* which had to be solved at great length and in detail even though the villain was obvious from the get-go. I finished the book, hoping it would get back on track with the history and banter, but skipped and yawned a lot. Too bad.