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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  3 reviews
In a style reminiscent of Raymond Carver, the stories contained in Animal depict people on the brink of major life change. They stand at crossroads they are often oblivious to; they suck thick air in rooms filled with palpable tension. Leggat’s characters often seem captured in a cinematic slo-mo, teetering on the edge of something unknown, heroically resisting the ever-pr ...more
Paperback, 169 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Anvil Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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I think Alexandra Leggat’s Animal is about more than abortions and puppies. In fact, I know it’s also about uneven expectations in relationships, compromises, and the lies that appearances belie, but when I think of my overall impression what comes to mind are abortions and dogs. I don’t even think the short story collection has a single story with an abortion in it (miscarriages, yes) but somehow many of them contain the same kind of sadness: aborted love, aborted futures, aborted choices. As f ...more
Erica Harmon
These stories were not memorable, but I enjoyed reading them. Exceptions to the not memorable rule are Tourniquet, Blue Parrot, Fuselage and Sweet Tea. This is a collection that people who like short stories will like, but I imagine the novel-lovers will find somewhat disjointed and atonal. Still, there’s a subtle quality, maybe something honest and genuine, sometimes ugly, but not gratuitous, that makes me think that I would pick up another one of her collections if I came across it in a bookst ...more
Kari Burk
I enjoyed this collection of short stories. The author is imaginative and , emotionally intelligent and funny.
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