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Walks With Men by Ann Beattie
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A hybrid of the minimalist style she pioneered forty years ago and the more evocative stories she has produced more recently, Beattie's new novella drew mixed reviews. Detractors panned the detached, camera-like record of events, claiming that the lack of depth rendered her characters passive and prevented readers from empathizing with them. On the other hand, the Miami Herald praised Beattie for "kick[ing] away all the scaffolding of psychobabble and pathography and let[ting] the story tell itself." Admirers also praised her sharp sense of humor and "amazing gift for presenting a complete story in out-of-sequence fragments" (Miami Herald). Walks With Men, though flawed, will entice readers with its haunting tribute to the naivete of youth. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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