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Turn, Magic Wheel by Dawn Powell
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Nov 20, 2009

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Read from August 04 to 11, 2010

The jacket of this book calls it a "hilarious satire of the New York literary scene." I actually found much of the story heart-breaking---Effie's storyline, in particuler, made me cry. But, that said, it is well-written, and often witty---a party scene near the end is especially entertaining. And the characters develop very nicely---I was not so sure that I gave a hoot about Dennis at the beginning, but he grew into a real and interesting person before the novel was over. There is a really nice scene in which he and another character spend a night bar-hopping in New York, heading home at dawn. Just the way it feels, that time of night, the smokey, deserted bars at is all described so vividly that it is familair, like you remember that night yourself. Not so sure that I like the way it ended---it came down to the last few sentances---but really, it makes Dennis seem even more like a real person and not just a character in a novel.

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