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American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell
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Apr 26, 2011

really liked it
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Bonnie Jo Campbell is an expert in wounds: how the way we get them is fuzzy and only reveals itself to us over time, in less time than it is revealed to others. How wounds that are not cared for heal wrong. How there is never any money to get wounds looked at anyway, and whose wounds ever heal right? What's right? How they heal anyway and how our every step bears traces of that botched healing, as are the steps of those that did the wounding. How there are little moments of clarity when our wounds don't hurt, where the scars feel like they zip themselves up for a moment and we are no longer limping, and how soon after that moment, we start limping again. How we are all salvage, how there is something worth at least stripping out of our husks and how someone will reliably show up to do so, and then how, whether we recognize them as such, someone who sees our continuum, our unwounded state, our damage, our lurching paths of recovery that stretch out before us that we won't likely follow. How that someone will take us in, polish us up best their wounded hands will allow, and love us a while.
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message 1: by Martha (new)

Martha wow! beautiful post.

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