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Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison
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May 15, 12

it was ok
Read from May 10 to 15, 2012

(20120 — 7/52) Have had this slim little memoir for quite a few years. Picked it up after reading Bastard Out of Carolina, which I liked but didn't love. The preface to this says it was written as a monologue so that has piqued my curiosity.

I didn't dislike "Bastard Out of Carolina," and I can say I didn't expressly dislike this either, but as a memoir, her language is a little to flowery to make it feel completely genuine. One of the things I recall loving about BOC is the plainness of the language — while here she seems to obscure the greatest truths with poetic turns of phrase and metaphor. Thankfully, the memoir isn't too long, and there are brief moments of honesty in which I, as a reader, feel able to connect with Allison without some sort of pretext. But otherwise, it just feels like theater.

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