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Family by Micol Ostow
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Jul 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: books-i-own, verse-novels
Read from July 17 to 18, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Ostow's episodic verse novel is not for the purely recreational reader. It is heavy, emotional, and gritty. Closely paralleling the Manson family murders in the 60's, the story is at times rambling, at times circular, and at times very stark. There are some notable differences from the true story, but it is definitely inspired by it.
I understood Ostow's insistence on abandoning capital letters except for with references to Henry, but it was a tough technique to get past in my reading. People who don't understand the reasons for her doing it (the depersonalization and robbing of identity of the family and self) will likely be extremely bothered by it.
It's a powerful piece. No question. But definitely not for everyone. I myself can't deny the power of Ostow's writing, and her ability to forge new ground in her work.

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