The Nature of Fragile Things has a particularly exceptional approach to look at the devastating earthquake that occurred in 1906 “San Francisco” . The story is set in San Francisco just before and soon after the great earthquake and fire. The book follows Sophie the times of her marriage with Martin and through her relationship with Martin’s daughter “Kat”.
I find the title of the book “The Nature of Fragile Things” a bit interesting. With most books I am almost certain how the title identifies with the story before I begin perusing, or, if not then, by the time I am done. With this one, I’m pondering.
I would say that this book by Susan Meissner would be better named as a historical thrill ride. It is brimming with exciting twists and I read it in a day. The story totally hooked me immediately and there was the ideal equilibrium of information and mystery. We realize things are not actually as they appear yet we do not actually have the foggiest idea why and I did not even hazard a guess. Typically, I would think about each conceivable unexpected development. This story had me so immersed that I did not stop to consider everything. I just flew through the pages.
What is the nature of fragile things? well, they fall to pieces, that is basically the definition. Generally if I consider something “delicate” I think about something with some worth, despite the fact that it is easy to break. So how does the title identify with the book?
While I’d never call Sophie “fragile”, her marriage with Martin unquestionably was. We do not consider buildings to be fragile, however the earthquake broke large numbers of them. Sophie builds up a relationship with Kat that is definitely not fragile. Kat’s mom has tuberculosis and is fragile – but in addition very strong. Sophie additionally builds up a solid relationship with the woman mentioned above.
Is “The Nature of Fragile Things” by Susan Meissner mostly about being broken? I do not think so. In reality I discovered the women in the book to be strong, despite their conditions. The three main female characters were completely fooled by Martin, so somehow or another I guess he broke every one of them, however he did not wind up getting what he needed from any of these three. This was an intense and quick read that checked many boxes for historical fiction and mystery/thriller fans.
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