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Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney
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Dec 28, 2011

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This book was fine. I read it, and a few things happened, and sometimes I cared, and it was fine. It wasn't bad, it wasn't great, it was a book I read and now I'm done and will forget it shortly.

It probably didn't help Sweeney that I am reading something by Elizabeth Strout at the same time that I have been reading this book. Both authors have a tendency to dwell on minute descriptive details, however Strout makes such an art of making those details matter, of letting them help her tell the story and describe her characters, that a similar technique in another writer's hand just doesn't do the same job. Sometimes Sweeney is more successful than others at it, though.

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