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All This Heavenly Glory by Elizabeth Crane
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Dec 05, 09

Read in December, 2009

Elizabeth Crane as a short-story writer is great. Elizabeth Crane as a novelist is a big old mess. I knew we were off to a bad start when the first chapter read like something I would have written for a creative writing class in college. "All This Heavenly Glory" seemed ostensibly like something I would relate to, but I just couldn't get over how awkward and rambling and self-conscious it was (I know, you are probably all thinking that it sounds EXACTLY like something I should have related to). Somewhere around the middle I realized I was skimming it the way I would skim, say, an old Good Housekeeping magazine in the dentist's reception area. I felt like I owed it to Elizabeth Crane to see it through, but maybe my warm feelings toward her would have been better preserved if I had just given up. At any rate, I can't recommend it to anyone over the age of 23.
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