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To Assume a Pleasing Shape by Joseph Salvatore
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Sep 22, 11

Read from July 13 to August 01, 2011

To Assume A Pleasing Shape is a beautifully curated collection of stories, some incredibly poignant, some heartbreaking and others stimulating soul food. I found it to be a fast and compelling but not particularly light read so if you're looking for brain candy, you may want to come back to this book later. If you're in the mood for one of those thought-provoking reads, the kind of book that stays with you after you've put it down, look no further. While I thought the collection as a whole was worthy, there were some real standouts: "Reduction", "Practice Problem" and "Whatever, Forever" swam around in my brain for some time after I read them. The characters in these stories have a deep seated yearning for something that in some cases, they can't or won't own. While some stories were painful to read at times (usually when I came across something I identified with a little too closely for comfort, kind of like when someone says something really awkward out loud that you were already thinking), they were, simply put, quite real. You may not always relate to the depth of the rabbit hole some of the characters are in but it shouldn't surprise you if, somewhere along the line, you recognized some small piece of your own psyche.
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Sandra Very well said, as usual. Defintiely has some uncomfortable moments, good writing is the reason.


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