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I actually really enjoyed the perspectives of the background characters. I think that the reason the author included the voices of others was to solidify the notion that our lives are not chance. We don't experience our lives with just those that we know and identify with. Our actions and reactions have an effect on even those who are just part of the "background".
I don't sympathize with Gil, but does he deserve compassion? All human beings deserve compassion. However, this does not excuse Gil's stepping out on his loved ones repeatedly, being an absent father, or using his wife's ideas for fame, only to dedicate them to Louise. Was this some inner motive? Did he feel that his wife would have dedicated her own works to her once closest friend? Or was his passion truest to Louise?
I agree that I want to know Gil's point of view. I think he felt something; why else make sure that all of the letters were burned? Was this remorse or was this guilt? Maybe this was his way of ensuring that his deepest secrets were forever kept from his daughters.
I agree, I am disappointed with Aunt Brenda and her husband. I have finished the book now, and my opinion of them only worsened. I am happy that Amy turned out well, but even Brenda and her husband's actions weren't healthy, turning Leslie into a little snot. I was happy to see how Wavy grew up, especially with all of the things she had to deal with.