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Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
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Dec 02, 2011

did not like it
Read from December 02 to 26, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I haven't read a book I liked less.

This, however, may not be a reflection on the author. Maybe I just didn't "get it." For a story with some legs - old drunk guy who had a great-looking fiance who suddenly died, but was not dead and instead bought a gas station - I felt like it was crippled by a smattering of things - It was very bland, like undressed cooked Velveeta's and Cheese, except for I'd rather eat a boxes of that until I explode and form one big, floppy, wet shell, than ever read another book like this.

That's my opinion, and it does not reflect the author's talent for writing, just my perception of her talent for writing.*

*This reviewer has never, in fact, read anything else by Alice McDermott, so she is - in fact - not at all qualified to evaluate it.
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