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The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
The Lay of the Land
by Richard Ford
read in June, 2015
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Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
Train Dreams
by Denis Johnson
read in May, 2015
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Johnson somehow packs more into a 115 pages than some writers pack into 250+ page novels. The line level writing was spectacular, and the individual scenes were memorable.
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The Fires by Alan Cheuse
The Fires
by Alan Cheuse (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2015
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Oh What a Paradise It Seems by John Cheever
Oh What a Paradise It Seems
by John Cheever
read in April, 2015
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Bitter, unrealistic, and far too diffuse for the form. Maybe I'm rating this a little harder because I generally like Cheever's stuff, but this book was awful.
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Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
Black Water
by Joyce Carol Oates
read in April, 2015
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I'm ambivalent about this book. It definitely achieved its (seeming) goal of humanizing a person who is often treated like a historical footnote; the character of Kelly could easily have been a simple martyr, but Oates turns her into a complicated, f ...more
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So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
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Loved it. The language alone was aces, but also it also was an excellent use of the novella form. Given the structure, it didn't feel like a long story or a short novel but something else entirely. It was what it needed to be which is something in be ...more
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The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
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