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We Were Ugly So We Made Beautiful Things
Barringer's third fiction collection includes 15 stories, a seven-page intro by Steve Almond, author of My Life in Heavy Metal, and cover art and 8 illustrations by Eduardo Recife. Stories are thematically linked, as suggested by the title.
Paperback, 68 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Word Riot Press
(first published June 2003)
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Was disappointed when I got this book to see it was put together like any number of books I made in grade school, but that'll teach me to judge a book by its cover. These stories and essays are at once funny and honest and poetic and empathetic. Short like snapshots, you just get a glimpse, and that left me wondering, which is a wonderful thing in a book. If you've ever felt ugly, or wondered how to perservere in a ugly world or an ugly situation, give this collection a shot.
A tiny book that packs a punch. The title does a lot of heavy lifting with these short stories, setting the stage for a crew of outcasts to create something of meaning. The first half of the book is hit or miss, but the last half is an example of amazing writing. Definitely check this book out.