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Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy
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Oct 16, 11

bookshelves: owned, fiction, lgbtq-themes, female-protagonist, relationships
Read in January, 2008

The story of a queer little family - encompassing both meanings of that word - and the secrets they've built their lives around. The style of this book really grew on me -- kind of rambly, lots of tangents and seemingly unimportant information sprinkled everywhere. Messy. But the mess starts to cohere, and flow, and take what you were expecting into another direction entirely (over and over again). I liked that, a lot. There's a feeling of inevitability to the ending, which is strange because it really was so unexpected right until it happened and then it fit perfectly. Someone's said it better than I could: "Gowdy surprises and delights; she also - which is rare - gives us moments which are at the same time preposterous and strangely moving." (Margaret Atwood)

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