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Spooner by Pete Dexter
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Jan 25, 10

Read in January, 2010

It's daunting to critique a writer who has won the National Book Award, even if it's not for Spooner. There's a lot that I liked about the story Dexter weaves---of a child out of place in a family of brighter people, who grows into adulthood painfully and throughout seeks to establish ties with his step-father. There are a number of laugh-out-loud humorous situations (and I can hear the author chuckling as he put them together), particularly in the earlier segments of the book. By the time Spooner reaches middle age he has moved to what is likely to be his resting place and he has changed, although the transformation never quite reached me. The vignettes of Spooner's step-father, Calmer, are marvelous.
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