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Monstress by Lysley Tenorio
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May 10, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 22 to May 01, 2012

Wow, where to begin... I love this book and I'm not just saying that because I happened to have a graduate writing class with Lysley. I didn't think there was one weak story in this collection. They were all really good to drop-your-jaw astounding. Like any great writer, Tenorio writes with a great deal of reverence for his characters and story matter. For me--and I thought this was amazing (and I am aware that a lot of people overuse that word nowadays)--but each story had at least one sentence, one moment that was profoundly heartfelt which went a long way toward developing a visceral understanding and sympathy for that character and their actions. I have never seen a short story collection do that so well. "The Brothers" and "Superassassin" were my favs.

While I read the book and after I read the last story, I kept thinking to myself, "This is one of the best short story collections I have ever read." Off the top of my head--and I've given it some thought since then--its right up there for me with Salinger's "Nine Stories", Alexie's "Ten Little Indians", Cisneros' "Woman Hollering Creek" and Bukowski's "The Most Beautiful Woman in Town." These stories have such heart which feel genuine instead of some carefully crafted artifice (though of course these stories ARE masterful constructions).
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Danielle Great review!! I'm bumping this up on my reading list. I'm adding some of these other collections to my list as sell.

Juan Alvarado Valdivia cool! glad my review was persuasive and useful. : )

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