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American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell
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Jun 04, 10

Absolutely amazing. These stories of folks living on the lower rungs of the ladder in rural Michigan are full of emotional and literary knock-out punches. Although many of the people populating these stories are physically and emotionally scarred, they all feel genuinely real and knowable. Depicting the dark clouds of poverty, pain, abuse and addiction most of the stories also have a glimmer of a silver lining - hope, love, comfort, connection. Campbell is particularly adept at describing the dark places that love can take us. Unbelievable. I hope that being a National Book Award finalist gets Bonnie Jo Campbell out of obscurity and into the literary limelight she deserves. I could hug the person who brought this book to my attention.

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