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Pamela Klein 92
Pamela Klein 92 Warrior
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5-Star Review of 17 Dresses from Amazon that went mysteriously missing.

With "17 Dresses," Pamela Klein weaves gentle joy, graceful sensuality, and quiet pain into an elegant and moving piece of literature. From the very first chapter, the author proves herself a master of metaphors, and her prose glides along like a silk slip over bare skin. Which is not to say "17 Dresses" is a quick read—I found myself paying close attention to each word because, like with high-quality clothing, it is the details that make the difference and elevate this story above the ordinary. In addition to her precise vocabulary and soothing sentence rhythms, Klein embellishes her tale with references to 1970s and ‘80s popular culture, sociological and linguistic theories, and the distinct landscapes of Los Angeles and New York City, in addition to the specifics of each remarkable dress. Be aware that there are no visual illustrations of these garments, only verbal ones. This was a shrewd choice on Klein’s part, as it allows the reader to imagine each outfit in a manner that suits his or her own experience. And this makes sense, because Klein’s overall approach to this book and topics that in others’ hands might be exclusive—to women, academics, fashion historians—is in fact wide open. Her discussion of Paulette’s anorexia and self-cutting behavior is honest but not the least bit gratuitous; we always view Paulette as a person, not a pathology. Indeed, all of the characters are drawn with dignity, including Paulette’s beau Benjamin who does not, worry not, “rescue” her. Rather, aware that one cannot solve the internal suffering of someone else, Benjamin shows Paulette the respect and love to let her find her own way. This luminous novel has compassion, reassurance, and pride sewn into its seams, and it will particularly resonate with anyone who has struggled or witnessed a loved one struggle to see their own worth. When I finished "17 Dresses" I found myself simultaneously in tears and standing ten feet tall.

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Pamela Klein 92

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