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American Rust by Philipp Meyer
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Apr 08, 10

bookshelves: dysfunctional-families-are-us, suburban-distopia
Read in March, 2010

Meyer writes beautifully and knowledgeably about what it is to live in the American Rust Belt, to watch people mired in poverty and uselessness and disappointment give up or wear down, or try to escape as best as they can, into a reinvented life that harbors the furrows of the past. It's also a detective novel, a mystery, a family drama, a tale of survivors and the things they have to let drop away to survive. I only wish the ending were a tad more developed, less abrupt. But otherwise, a great and thoughtful read.
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