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Women With Men by Richard Ford
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Dec 29, 11

Read in December, 2011

Three stories that are too long for short stories, but they don't fit the classic novella format, either...
If all of them were like the middle one ("Jealous"), I would have given this a solid 5 stars; the middle story is great, classic American short story writing - taut, precise, restrained in its language, straight-forward in its story-telling, with characters that leave an impression; this one is excellent!
Unfortunately, the other two aren't; the first and third stories are actually quite similar, both in setting and style. Too wordy, too muddled, too meandering, too pointless, and both with very unsatisfying endings (that of the first story is rather contrived, too...)
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