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July 7th by Jill McCorkle
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Oct 05, 12

Read in August, 2011

I've been on a Jill McCorkle binge all summer, and now as it's turning into fall, I'm finally getting to her book, July 7. Halfway through, I think it's pretty great. She manages to write about multiple characters throughout the course of one day, all of them connected in some way. What amazes me is how she's able to make these characters so realistic. She has a pretty big cast ot keep up with, and another author could easily have muddled it. I think she's one of the best fiction writers I've ever read. She has tremendous skill and definitely a way with words that is deceptively simple. Recommeded if you like contemporary fiction about families, small towns, and quirky characters. Many people think this genre has been overplayed, but I am continually surprised by how some writers can produce heartfelt, funny, and not-cliched works from this same type of raw material.
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