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The Constellations

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It’s 1974 in DeKalb County, Illinois and the planets have failed to align for Roy Conlon. Widowed and broke, his eight-year-old son Eric is suddenly a mystery to him. The boy has become aware of a sky awhirl with stars and of the universe outside his small-Midwestern town. And as powerful forces pull Eric away, Roy’s efforts to hold onto his son are threatened by weakness,
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 15th 2012 by Switchgrass Books (first published November 1st 2012)
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Gregg Sapp
Mar 03, 2014 Gregg Sapp rated it liked it
I've found that when the subject of a novel is a working-class, rural Midwestern family, the story either unfolds around a big picture rich in existential symbolism, or it takes the more modest approach where its sparse prose suggests stark realism, and bigger meanings just get in the way. In the former category, think, for example, of Jane Smiley's magnificent "A Thousand Acres." This honest, gritty, but understated novel by Kevin Cunningham fits more comfortably in the second category.

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Kathya
Jan 25, 2013 Kathya rated it liked it
("Each asked these questions of the other. Roy in a conversation with himself, Eric from a deeper place that did not admit language, one receding even now, to be longed for anew in the distant future, when wisdom had proved to him the inadequacy of words, yet cheated him of the secret of saying the right ones.").
Olga
Jan 16, 2013 Olga rated it it was ok
I'm bored, so I'm dropping this one early. I'm all for contemporary suburbia, but the lack of distinct plot that defines this story failed to grasp my attention. I still maintain that the physical design and graphics of this novel is fantastic, however.
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