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Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans
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Oct 07, 12

bookshelves: anthology, contemporary
Read from October 03 to 07, 2012

This is a collection of short stories. I didn't realize that at first so I was disoriented when I started the second chapter and all of the characters were different, but then I realized it says "stories" on the front cover, whoops! Unsurprisingly, I liked some of the stories better than others. Snakes and Robert E. Lee Is Dead were my favorites. Jellyfish was my least favorite because I felt like it didn't end so much as stop, but maybe I just didn't "get" that one. All eight stories were well written, evocative, interesting and illuminating. They let you taste the flavor of someone else's life for a little bit, which is sometimes unsettling but always worth doing. I thought the author showed an especially good knack for writing in the first person perspective of different ages of female narrators, from ages nine to about thirty. Two of the stories are about men (one third person, one first) and Jellyfish is in third person, but the other five are first-person-female.
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