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Emancipation is short stories concerned with individuals as they fit into the web of other lives -- as opposed to how that web entangles them. While the characters represent a cross-section of urban life, these are plain folk trying to survive as they attempt to make sense of their circumstances and the world they have inherited. It is also a book for every generation that ...more
Paperback, First, 160 pages
Published August 2010 by Booklocker.com, Inc
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Megan Readinginthesunshine
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’m usually a fan of chick-lit and women’s fiction so Michael Lane’s Emancipation wasn’t something that I would normally go for. However, I was completely hooked from the first pages and I didn’t put the book down until I had finished reading every word. To sum it all up in one word: Wow.

Emancipation is a collection of short stories which are very well written and told in a way that hooks you in and keeps you there. The stories struck me as very much true to life, showing the knock-on effect tha
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Mary
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it

Emancipation opens with the story of a tragic event. The author cleverly draws the dark thread of this tragedy through the lives of the all characters in the story collection. Most effected was Gratey who carried his guilt through his teens, his time in Vietnam , into his marriage and finally to a spot in Kauffmann's doorway where he found that he and his guilt could live in peace. Along that journey the author introduces us to the characters who touched Gratey's life and whose lives in turn wer
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Sincerae
This is my own personal bias and stubbornness, but since I live in America I'm usually disinterested in reading about what I already know about the people and the culture. This attitude started when I was a university student majoring in English literature reading all of those British authors and poets and watching BBC dramas and English melodramas from the 1930s and 40s. Shortly after I read Sigrid Undset's trilogy Kristian Lavransdatter I almost completely turned my nose up at American writers ...more
Wanda
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From start to finish this was a great collection of well written short stories all connected together, depicting the life-story of a Vietnam Vet who struggles with PTSD. The first chapter really breaks your heart and compels you to read on. With only 160 pages, you'll finish this book in a day. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!
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