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The Loose Meat Sandwich King of Hamtramck by Tony Kordyban
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Mar 28, 12

Read from March 17 to 28, 2012

The reason I love books with quirky characters is that life, simply, is one quirky character after another. I knew I would love this book before I even read it on title alone. It took me years to discover what a loose meat sandwich was and just as long to try one. The experience and the company were grander than the sandwich and a twinge of emptiness followed with the realization that it was just a sloppy joe without the Manwich sauce. But come to think of it, maybe the best part is the plainness of it all, like an empty canvas. So many possibilities. And this is where the irony may lay in Mr. Kordyban's book. So many of the characters lived utterly plain lives to the initial observance. Midwesterners. God-fearing Ukrainians. An out-of-work engineer. A mechanic. A professor. Ho-hum. Enter Johnny Senkiw who becomes the glue that binds the narrative. A protagonist and antagonist all at once, Senkiw is Taras "Stork" Starko's best friend. Unbeknownst to Taras. And Stork returns to his roots to encounter old friends, old acquaintances, a dying love, and a legal mess. Full of flashbacks, the depth of these memories is rife with subtle zingers and character nuances that turn them from a single white crayon into a finished Monet. And they adorn the Loose Meat Sandwich King with a crown of radiant jewels.
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Doreen Fritz Dave, we own this if you want to borrow it.


Dave Yes please


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