ARC Book Review: The Little Clan by Iris Martin Cohen

Release Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Park Row
Format: ebook
Pages: 333 pages
Genre:  Fiction/Contemporary
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Ava Gallanter is the librarian in residence at the Lazarus Club, an ancient, dwindling Manhattan arts club full of eccentric geriatric residents stuck in a long-gone era. Twenty-five-year-old Ava, however, feels right at home. She leads a quiet life, surrounded by her beloved books and sequestered away from her peers.

When Ava’s enigmatic friend Stephanie returns after an unplanned year abroad, the intoxicating opportunist vows to rescue Ava from a life of obscurity. Stephanie, on the hunt for fame and fortune, promises to make Ava’s dream of becoming a writer come true, and together they start a Victorian-inspired literary salon at the Lazarus Club. However, Ava’s romanticized idea of the salon quickly erodes as Stephanie’s ambitions take the women in an unexpected—and precarious—direction.


I tried, I really did.  I started this then stopped, then started again but I just couldn't get into it.  At first I was confused because I thought the book was set in a different era but then it just seems Ava is a little quirky and dresses from a different time period. I just struggled through half of this book when I finally gave up. I found no connection to the characters and it was just lacking something. I don't even feel I can really rate this book since I couldn't even finish it.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review. 

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