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Home Remedies by Angela Pneuman
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Aug 04, 07

bookshelves: short_stories
Recommended for: short stories, dark humor fan
Read in August, 2007

I don't usually enjoy short stories--there few authors who make me care enough about the characters in the small number of pages available. This particular collection was fantastic, and the stories were just long enough. Each story is set in Kentucky, or has Kentucky-grown characters (which is interesting to me because I've been to KY a few times and have a dear friend who lives there) and each deals with children of families who are religious. This is interesting, because the adults are generally so self-involved (painfully so in some ways) that they have NO IDEA how their actions and reactions hurt the children (generally adolescents). Many of the stories are cringe-worthy, and I'm actually glad I only have to feel their pain or embarrassment a small while. Very, very good. (Anecdotally, one of the stories was set in NH, with KY natives, and I grew up in NH! What a coinkydink.)
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