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Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
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Dec 31, 13

bookshelves: read-in-2013, best-of-2013
Recommended to Sonya by: http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/books/20120803-battleborn-by-claire-vaye-watkins-is-a-remarkable-debut-of-short-stories.ece
Read from December 28 to 31, 2013

Rough, tight, clear, regional, spanning decades, these stories about Nevada, the mix of glitz and staunch individualism, poverty, and class vary in tone and structure but definitely belong together in a collection. Inside, we meet prostitutes and single women, married couples questioning their choices, families watching practice Atom bombs and then living in the fallout, teenagers and even a grizzled rock collector. As a girl of the west myself, I see parts of my family history in these stories, and in the lives of the women characters. I'm glad I finished off what was kind of a terrible year with a good book.
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Vivian My parents now live in Las Vegas (one of the Sun Cities there), so this sounds interesting to me. Seems like such a strange place, especially beneath the surface...this was explored just bit in "The Goldfinch," which definitely tickled my curiosity about Las Vegas, and Nevada as a whole.


Sonya Yes, it does have that element of The Goldfinch in regard to the artifice of The Strip. There are also a couple of stories that explore the development of that entire area as people sought their fortunes in gold and silver. But her characters are always at the core of each story. I think you might like this one. The writing is so good.


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