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Out Loud

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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Feeling distanced from her friends and family, middle-aged divorcée Caitlin Drury is encouraged by her daughter to express her feelings in a diary, but she is hesitant:“I feel lonely she wrote, then crossed it out. She didn't like the idea of someone coming along later to read her journal, finding out sh
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published September 28th 2008 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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John Luiz
I was really wowed by Anthony Varrallo's first short-story collection, This Day in History (Iowa Short Fiction Award), and while I had a long list of collections by other authors I wanted to become familiar with before returning to Varallo, some of those collections made me eager for his level of mastery over the short story so I went back for a double-dip sooner than I'd planned.

This collection impressed me as much as the first did. Again, there are lots of stories of kids - elementary-school
Kathryn Bashaar
This is another short story collection which I really liked. The stories are mostly about seemingly small events in the lives of very ordinary people, but there's a lot going on beneath the surface. My favorite story was "The Fall of Rome." On the surface, it's about a college student trying to get a grade change from one of his profs, but in the course of this attempt he learns some fundamental life lessons about how much a pretty girl can get away with, about how little some people will settle ...more
Solid 3.5, I think, but not solid enough to follow mathematical rounding rules. There are a few very strong stories and a thematic consistency - a kind of self-aware suburban melancholy (occasionally tinged with a battle between sweetness and irony, but subtle).
Jan 13, 2009 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heather by: the library machine
some of these stories are quite lovely. charming description, rich characters.

some of these stories are quite tedious. overwrought language, fragmented.

so, 3 stars, my friend.
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Anthony Varallo earned his MFA from the University of Iowa/Iowa Writers' Workshop and his Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He joined the College of Charleston in 2005, where he teaches courses in creative writing and composition and serves as fiction editor for Crazyhorse. He has published two collections of short stories, Out Loud, winner of the 2008 ...more
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This Day in History Think of Me and I'll Know: Stories American Short Fiction Vol. 14 Issue 51, Spring 2011

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