90% Plot

Can you get away with that, in literary fiction? I don’t think so.

I just read A Family Daughter, by Maile Meloy. Brisk, fairly entertaining read, but 90% plot. Each character had precisely one quality, or occasionally a single counter-quality. That’s it. No substance to the book. No point, either, although a few floating points here and there, with nowhere to stick.

Where was the editor to point this out and make Meloy focus?

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