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Digging Up The Bones

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Follows the curses of a father, visited upon the Nash family over the course of three generations, spanning the 1960's to the present. In rich, moving episodes, readers engage the lives of stunned-straight racists, scarred veterans, doomed lovers, would-be assassins, gun-toting grandmothers, nascent female crime-bosses, ambivalent mourners, big-time drug- running, and ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 15th 2015 by Roundabout Press
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Nina Barrett
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dale Marlowe is an attorney and writing instructor at a nearby community college. I picked up the book because of the local connection and was quickly drawn into, entrapped perhaps, in the world Marlowe has created or may be recounting.
Digging Up the Bones is a series of eleven vignettes, many of which could stand on their own as exemplars of the art of short story telling. The story of the Nash family is revealed as chapters skip back and forth through time and place.
I read the book twice,
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Dan Downing
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Writing is a tough job, especially fiction, for most of us. I've slung a few words down on paper and always found non-fiction, where I had to get the facts straight and maybe dig deep for them, ultimately easier than the 'creative process'. When I was in school, now only a dim shadow on the memory wall, assigned topics in writing class did make it easier. Later, when I had to come up with ideas and themes and plots all on my own, things were stickier. When some essay on an event or technical ...more
Charles
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Good idle reading. 12 seemingly unrelated events and tales surrounding a tragedy of some measure. A little seedy, a little gritty, and quite American:
Outside: Lexington as usual: numb white people in suits shuffling, their labors' futility camouflaged in smug self-importance. How can they move in this world, walking and talking but still asleep? Somewhere in this city hillbillies and lawyers are French-kissing, hopeless wives taking lovers, horny teenagers fumbling with one another's bodies,
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Terri
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Difficult to explain this book. Each chapter is about a different member of a Kentucky hill family. The chapters do not follow a time line, but instead put the focus on the defining moments of that particular family member, and in the end you see how they all fit together. Not an easy read, contains harsh realities of some families that are hidden for years, and shows the results that can happen with such an family.
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