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Coop by Michael  Perry
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Aug 20, 09

One of my favorite--and local--writers, this is off to an excellent start, with people, places, and situations that are part of our lives here in northwest Wisconsin. Perry has a great flair for unique metaphor, although chortling readers can be a distraction to others in the room.

Having finished Coop, it is hard to separate the close parallels to our lifestyle here from the book. I think it will be interesting to see where Perry goes with writing from here. There is a lot of competition for reflective books on a year's passing. With Coop, he was able to keep it relating it to the larger world enough to expand the relevance. He writes openly about the conflicts his life as a writer creates with the homestead life his family is building--time on the road away from those kids that grow so fast. My one guess is that he'll write about that life on the road more; it's got to be full of anecdotes and insights and moments of isolation and reunion. I'll definitely read his next book

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