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This Big Fake World: A Story in Verse

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At the heart of Ada Limon's This Big Fake World is a story that revolves around the book's unlikely Hero, a man in a gray suit; the object of his affection, known only as The Hardware Store Lady; and his friend Lewis, the town drunk, who compulsively writes letters to Ronald Reagan. Limon takes these seemingly ordinary people, all longing for love and connection in a world ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 20th 2006 by Pearl Editions
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Suzanne
Jan 19, 2009 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Boy, am I glad that I was subscribing to Pearl Magazine the year this book won their poetry prize--2005. Frank X. Gaspar judged the contest that year and describes it well as “… a narrative of fracture and repair, that through its art becomes a whole—and a whole new thing.”

A story in verse, this quirky, hybrid epic is a web of lives constructed by Limon's skillful unraveling of her characters' interactions. Its success is in the simultaneous interdependency and individual merit of each of its p
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May 26, 2014 Gabriel Oak rated it liked it
A sweet little book of poetry, deceptively simple. Strikes me that it might be a good book for people who don't usually read poetry, since the collection is, per the subtitle, a "story in verse." Loved the letters to Ronald Reagan.
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Ada Limón is the author of three books of poetry, Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University. Limón has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and was one of the judges for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry. She works as a creative writing i ...more
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