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The Orange Suitcase
Fiction. In the thirty-four stories filling THE ORANGE SUITCASE, Joseph Riippi packs an intimate and powerful portrait of a young man's life. From a childhood spent snipering neighbours with BB guns, to adulthood grasping at love and art in New York City, THE ORANGE SUITCASE shows us not only the way life is lived but perhaps more importantly how it is remembered."
Paperback, 138 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Ampersand Books
(first published March 21st 2011)
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Try to categorize Joseph Riippi’s second book— is it a novel? Is it a story? Is it one of those MFA copout novel-in-stories novels?— and you’re asking in the wrong direction. This is a question for marketers and sales people. The question for readers is, should I read it? And the answer is yes, as long as you aren’t looking for a big old epic novel with lengthy descriptions of kitchens, rising action, and a single climax bursting in a grand example of cause and effect. The answer is yes, as long ...more
This impressive little book feels autobiographical to me, in an unadorned but confident way. In other words, it seems real and deep and that is good (no matter what classification: fiction or non-). There are moments of rippling beauty here. A refreshing and cool book.