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Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz
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Mar 22, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011-books
Read from March 18 to 22, 2011

A highly inventive book. If I was to rate the story alone it would probably max out at 3.5 stars. It is a passable mystery at best. What makes this book stand out is the concept. Author Lutz approached coauthor Hayward about collaborating on a book together. The rules were that each would write a chapter and submit it to the other. That person would write the following chapter and so on. There would be no revisions or discussions about the work other than footnotes and notes between chapters. All of those notes are included in the book.
It is important to note that the authors, at one time, dated and that history is apparent throughout. What results is a hilarious game of one-upmanship by two people who seem to be barely able to stand one another. I found myself hurrying through the chapters to see the interplay between the authors and where they would take the two characters, a brother and a sister, next.

Highly entertaining.
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