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All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost by Lan Samantha Chang
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Mar 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: bookclub, a-fireplace-in-winter-fiction
Read from March 14 to 16, 2011

The writing is muscular, crisp--no wasted space here. I appreciated the good writing, though it also didn't glow.

In turn, there were four central characters, and of them, we only follow the overtly ambitious Roman, and tonight at book club, we were left wondering more about the quiet Lucy who sacrificed career for Roman's and for family. We also wondered more about Bernard, the Emily Dickinson reclusive character, and Miranda, the Jorie Graham thinly disguised.

This MFA program was both familiar and unfamiliar to me. A fellow member of book club, a recent graduate of the program, mentioned how traumatic the experience of the MFA can be for some, and how, ultimately, these characters could not recover from the experience. There is a vulnerability in this narrative, a wounding in all the characters, an unmet need for mentorship and recognition given in strange circumstances.

In the end, we all have our own journeys.

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