Book Review of 44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, Bk 1)

44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, Bk 1)
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This is the full length publication of a serialized novel that Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith wrote for his local paper in Edinburgh. There is, or will be, a sequel. The story line follows the interconnected lives of the occupants of the title address, and their various friends, through relationships, jobs, personal problems, and the like. There is narcissistic Bruce and his roommate Pat, a young woman taking her second year off from university to work in an art gallery; the lively older woman Domenica who knows everybody; and little Bertie, a five-year-old whose Mum is pushing him right past childhood into Italian lessons and the saxophone. This is charming, as all Smith's work is, and a light, easy read.