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Owning It by Donald R. Gallo
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Sep 20, 2010

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Read in December, 2009

Anthologies need stories that stand out, but it’s hard to identify any favorites here. Robert Lypsite’s view into a cancer ward comes closest. I also liked “See You” by Kathleen Jeffrine Johnson. Other than that, Gallo’s editor’s notes are the biggest highlights. The rest of the stories are either too flat, or abrupt, or obvious, or all of the above.

One other point – Gallo has an extended view of disability. In addition to cancer, there’s a teen alcoholic, a girl who suffers from migraines, and a fat-thin combo platter. I learned at least a little bit about a lot of different problems. It’s all disabling in its own way, but in this case it’s not especially conducive to great reading.

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