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Lark & Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips
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I loved it, but am discovering through it some inkling of the way what I love in stories works. And that's a bit troubling. The most gorgeously arresting portions of this work, for me, are perhaps the ones that strip out a certain layer of experience-in-time most precisely. That is, they are highly fabricated . . . and this poses the question then of what is driving the fabricating urge. Why this layer and not another? Why is what is left out left out? Finally then, why do we make the stories we make? It appears that it is not reality--full of pushes and pulls and mysteries and lumps, seamless, impersonal, endless--that drives this fiction and maybe any other. It's just what we want. And some kind of claustrophobia attends this.

The separate points of view as a fictional technique are gorgeously done here, utterly different but all connected by some recognizable atmosphere, the scent of time.
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