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Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
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May 14, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 07 to May 14, 2012

Author's first book, a collection of 10 short stories that read like early Raymond Carver. For what it's worth (ripping off Buffalo Springfield) the blurbs on this book are telling: "Watkins writes like the divine Didion - cool and clean and not a word wasted. Where'd she come from? I'm glad she's here" (Joy Williams). Pretty high praise for a first time writer.

One of the stories "The Archivist" stands out above the others for it's candor, clarity and strength of voice for this first time writer (currently an asst. professor of Lit at Bucknell University and someone who appears to be destined for a much bigger presence. "The Archivist" reminded me of several great contemporary short stories i.e., "A Bullet To The Head" by Tobias Wolff" or virtually any of Carver's short stories about people living rough.

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