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The Prisoner Pear: Stories from the Lake

2.97  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The twelve stories in The Prisoner Pear: Stories from the Lake take place in an affluent suburb of Portland, Oregon, but they could be taken from any number of similar enclaves across the United States. These stories infuse stark reality with occasional hints of magical realism to explore what the American dream means to twenty-first-century suburbanites. In a city where t ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 12th 2005 by Swallow Press
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Mary Lou
Nov 05, 2010 Mary Lou rated it liked it
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Sep 03, 2009 Sheree rated it did not like it
there were a couple of interesting stories but most were not that good - some bizarre. the author lives in Portland and the stories are related to the Portland area which was an interesting part for me but wouldn't be that interesting to others unfamiliar with the area. one story was about Mormons - it appeared that the author grew up as a Mormon and the slant on the story was negative so that disappointed me. i do not recommend it for anyone.
Dec 18, 2007 Laura rated it liked it
I was attracted by the cover art, and the author is cute too! Each story is prefaced by an actual (and strange) police report from Lake Oswego, Oregon. The author then crafts a story which includes an explanation of the police report, but doesn't necessarily end with it. Very interesting, and imaginative.
Dec 17, 2009 Rosemary rated it it was ok
Collection of short stories that take place in Lake Oswego, Oregon-suburb of Portland. Each story is based on a newspaper headline, plucked from the news and then made into a story. Fun to read, especially of you know the area.
Sep 29, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Limited in scope but well done for what it was. I loved the true-life news reports from Lake Oswego that started each story, forcing contemplation of the relationship between truth and fiction, and which might be stranger.
Aug 24, 2007 Erin rated it did not like it
This book stinks. I might even say worst book ever, but I hate to get overly dramatic on you. Lets just say, it probably has tea with the worst book ever on a regular basis. They probably both belong to the same country club.
Jan 10, 2015 Genet rated it it was ok
Shelves: shelved-for-now
Very wanted to like this book because it is about the town where I live by a local author. But I couldn't do it.
Sep 25, 2008 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
enjoyable, first half of the book has great stories, the last few are rather odd
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Jason Keith
Nov 25, 2013 Jason Keith rated it liked it
Quirky but fun read. Love the writing prompts that inspire the stories.
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Feb 09, 2009 Beth rated it it was ok
Good read for Portlanders.
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Jan 27, 2010 Kara rated it liked it
Strange stories, but I loved that they were set it Lake Oswego! Fun to read about local places.
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