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Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones
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Aug 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: american-literature, short-stories, award-winners, contemporary
Read from July 11 to 23, 2010

After reading (and loving) Jones' Pulitzer winning novel, The Known World, I was very curious about his first short story collection, especially when I discovered that not only is genre completely different, but the setting is contemporary Washington, DC as opposed to the pre-Civil War south depicted in his novel. I thought this collection was oddly mismatched. Some of the stories were gripping, poignant and starkly realistic slices of life...and others felt far short of the mark. However, the good far, far outweighs the bad in this collection. "The First Day," "The Store," "The Sunday Following Mother's Day," the title story "Lost in the City," "His Mother's House," and "A New Man" are probably my favourites out of the bunch.

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