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Miss Lonelyhearts and A Cool Million by Nathanael West
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May 26, 2009

it was amazing
Read in May, 2009

I usually like happy books, but every once in a while something dark and despairing slips through the cracks. This story is almost as bleak as something by Flannery O'Connor. I really admire West's stylistic flourishes, including the chapter titles and the way that he always refers to the male protagonist as "Miss Lonelyhearts." If you happen to read this novella within the Library of America's "West: Novels & Other Writings," be sure to check out the time-line of the author's life: His capacity for fiction helped him do many interesting things--including enroll at Brown University after stealing a more diligent student's identity.

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