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In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
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May 17, 11

Read from May 16 to 17, 2011

Started out very strong, but petered out early. It's a very quick read, so I stuck with it to see how it would play out. Generally disappointing after such a big build-up -- great review by the usually reliable Chicago Tribune critic and something via Facebook (NPR or Huffington Post), plus jacket blurbs by authors I respect. I couldn't connect strongly enough with the narrator of this book and the lingering threat of animal violence/grave misfortune (sick, stray cats, myriad dogs tied outside and left to their own devices) cast a pall over the whole proceedings. Generally a 70s coming-of-age novel is a slam-dunk for me, but this didn't have enough going for it.
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