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Stiltsville by Susanna  Daniel
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Aug 06, 11

Read in October, 2010

An astonishingly bad book in a genre that is by and large abysmal (see Daniel's love of Curtis Sittenfeld in order to see the dark depths of mediocrity from which this 'literature' springs). The characters are thinly drawn, unlikeable, needy to the point of pathetic co-dependence and almost wholly repulsive. One develops little interest in the most tragic of events, though most of what happens is bland and prosaic, and the few interesting characters introduced at the beginning are given short shrift throughout the book. The pace is glacial, making the book a slog to get through (despite it being written at almost a third grade reading level), the descriptions of place are tedious and uninteresting and the conclusion leaves one in doubt about the future of literature. The trend toward this Oprah style book is the worst thing to happen to American letters since the Beat movement, and we would all be better served to avoid such 'authors'.
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