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No One But Us

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  3 reviews
With his mother in the hospital after a botched suicide attempt, fifteen-year-old Charlie goes to live with his mother's best friend, twenty-six-year-old Jolene. Somewhere in the midst of tickle fights and hugging and joking around, Jolene's guardianship of Charlie unravels, and soon they are both irrevocably lost in an affair that neither one is ready for, but that neithe...more
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published January 9th 1995 by Algonquin Books
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I had to force myself to get through the last half or so of this book. I didn't connect to any of the characters for they were all way too flawed, whiny and, frankly, annoying.

When I realized this book was published in 1995, I thought I would let it's boring-ness slide a bit. Unfortunately, I'm not that forgiving.

While there were a few moments I liked--mainly Charlie and his friend from high school;a few scenes with Charlie and Angel--they weren't enough to make this book memorable or likeable f...more
great story! intriguing characters. writing style was choppy at times, but not too bad.
The writing is so clean and simple and good.
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GREGORY SPATZ is the author of the novels INUKSHUK (Bellevue Lit. Press, June 2012) FIDDLER'S DREAM and NO ONE BUT US, and of the story collections HALF AS HAPPY (2013) and WONDERFUL TRICKS. His stories have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Glimmer Train Stories, Shenandoah, Epoch, Kenyon Review and New England Review. The recipient of a Michener Fellowship, an Iowa Arts Fe...more
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