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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Cradle by Patrick Somerville

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company(website)
Publication Year: 2009
ISBN: 0316036129
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 208

Rating: 3 out of 5 star

The Cradle by Patrick Somerville is the story of one man’s search for the cradle that his wife remembers from her childhood. Matt loves his pregnant wife Marissa but thinks that she is setting herself up for disappoint by her desire to have this cradle. She claims it is a family heirloom and it hasn’t been seen since her mother walked out on the family many years before. Against his better judgement Matt packs up his truck and heads off to try and find this cradle and make his wife happy.

The Cradle is a short book weighing in at only 208 and is actually two stories wrapped into one. At first the two stories are very different from each other and adds confusion to the reading because you just don’t know how they connect at first. The main story is that of Matt as he drives across states trying to track down a cradle. Along the way he meets various characters from his wife’s mother’s past and begins to learn a bit about his wife’s history. The Cradle is a story about not just finding an object but also about finding out about himself and his wife. For me this book a slow read. I never really connected with any of the characters and didn’t like how the narrative would switch between Matt and Renee. (Renee is a children’s book author dealing with her son going off to serve in Iraq). The two stories just seemed so at odds with one another that I found them both to be distracting. As I read this I found that as it unfolded it just got more and more predictable and formulaic. Its a short read but not an engrossing one (at least not for me) and I’m not sure that I’ll read anything else by Patrick Somerville.