Melanie Sweeney Bowen's Reviews > Break Every Rule: Essays on Language, Longing, and Moments of Desire

Break Every Rule by Carole Maso
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Nov 08, 10

Read in October, 2010

This isn't really a craft book or a memoir or a book of poetry, but like Maso's fiction, it is a hybrid of all these genres. As a writer, I found it interesting to see the author behind the books, though it turns out she's not so veiled by her fiction as I originally thought. Writers struggling to be recognized or to have their departures from the mainstream validated should definitely read this book. Those who are a part of the mainstream should also read it, especially the last essay, and consider their part in our literary tradition. In this book, Maso is fierce, honest, and unapologetic -- just the way I like her.
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