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Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones
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Jul 05, 07

Read in July, 2007

Her mother dies from a brain tumor, and, years later, rats infiltrate the rooftop coop, in which the girl keeps her pigeons, and maim and kill them. A woman tells the story of a family's instant death by lightning. A teenage girl runs away; her father spends the rest of his years going door-to-door, looking for her. A young crook, Caesar, convinces his girlfriend, Carol, to help him swindle the savings of a retarded woman. A lawyer hires a cab driver to "get us lost in the city" (148) a few hours after she gets the news from the hospital that her mother has died. Marvella, a single parent of three young children, realizes the permanence of her romantic loneliness.

Alarming and harrowing events happen to the characters in Jones's stories. There's a composure, however, to the (mostly third person) narrator's voice that mesmerizes the reader and signals an attitude of both curiosity and gravitas and creates a kind of intimacy between reader and this world.

Each story feels *full*; I found myself reading this book slowly over several days, reading one or two stories, then pausing for a while to absorb them. Not lengthy, still this book is immense.

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Milly That's exactly how I approched his books when I read them, especially the short story collections. I felt the need to take a minute or so to fully process what I had written. It can best be described as eating a huge slice of double chocolate cake...it's too rich to devour, so you take a little bite here and there to really savor the flavor. I love this man's mind....

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