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The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III
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Apr 24, 2009

it was ok

This is a well-written novel, aside from the use of half-sentences and phrases intended to be actual sentences, that tells the story of a few days in the life of a stripper named April (dancing name "Spring") who is forced to take her three-year-old daughter to work because her usual babysitter gets taken to the hospital. While there, April gets drawn into a private room with a strange foreigner, all the while she's worrying about her daughter. Throw in a guy who was forcibly ejected from the club ealier who wants to go back and you have a somewhat interesting plot, but then that's all it is. Fairly interesting. Nothing really happens, even when the ejected guy ends up taking April's daughter from the club, ostensibly to protect her from the club. A building tension is sought from the book's date and time of early September 2001, but I was left wondering just what was the point of linking the 9/11 attacks and this stripper, since they actually didn't really have anything to do with each other.

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