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Hot Pink by Adam Levin
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While this book seems to start out strong, it loses its steam, acuity, and grace about halfway through. The first couple of stories are well-written tales of abject families, sometimes in a very lose sense of the term, coping with lives that never seem able to live up to or achieve the elusive "American dream," a concept that, while never mentioned in any of the stories nonetheless acts as the glass ceiling most of the characters react against. The very first story is perhaps Levin's best - it is sharp, concise, moving, and even a tad existential in the face of being rejected by consumerism. The second half, however, suffers under Levin's often muddled wordplay and philosophizing, which make for stories that are either much too long or far too short to be altogether enjoyable. The title story is particularly underwhelming, a failure that is only compounded by the fact that it closes this collection.
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