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Later, at the Bar by Rebecca Barry
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Jul 11, 2011

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Read from July 11 to 15, 2011

I really enjoyed the concept of this book, in centering the action and characters around a bar in a small town. I think that makes sense, and I can think of a few small towns I know with bars just like this, where everyone congregates. So that was really good. I felt like many of the characters were relatable and sympathetic. They were all flawed, all had good and bad, and it was easy to see that and not fault them for the things they did. The writing itself is nearly flawless, as is the dialogue.

I think what prevented me from loving the book is, there were too many characters. I am thinking of Dylan Landis's novel in stories, collection of linked stories, whatever. And in that, I just felt more connected to the few characters we meet and get to know. In this book, just as I was feeling attached, the story would end and I would get nothing more than a passing reference to the character in another story.


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