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The Speed Queen by Stewart O'Nan
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Aug 12, 11

Read in August, 2011

Wonderfully novel presentation: the narrator (who is on death row) is speaking into a tape recorder, allegedly talking "to" Stephen King about her life and crimes so that he will write a novel and give the proceeds to her son. O'Nan does an excellent job of keeping the narrative conversational so that we remember who the narrator is and what she is doing even while we "listen" to her tell what she has done. The story itself, however, for whatever reason underwhelmed me. I think I merely expected to be more shocked or horrified. Instead, what I felt was a mere mild distaste even for the most gruesome parts. Still, it is a novel worth reading even just for its narrative style.
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