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Laughter and Early Sorrow: And Other Stories is a tribute to growing pains and the universal feelings of failure, disappointment, wonder, and gratitude.

Written in the style of James Thurber and set in Memphis, Tennessee during the 1960s and 1970s, these nine stories provide a summation of what it's like to play without a net, face people and situations that are inherently
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Open Books
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Laura
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I chose this book because I really enjoyed visiting Memphis a few years ago and thought it would be interesting to learn a bit more about what growing up there was like. The book is an enjoyable selection of short stories, which strengthen as you get deeper into the book. A strong, engaging narrator helps give it an internal consistency throughout. The author is at his best when he is bringing out the humour in people and situations. If you are looking for an enjoyable amble through boyhood in M ...more
Lori
Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Painful! This poorly written collection of memoir style short stories evokes a late 1950s to early 1960s Memphis setting. The author overuses the "be" verb in various forms as well as passive tense, making the reading dull. I visited the city of Memphis frequently in the days not long after these stories occur and hoped the collection would evoke the familiarity of the setting, but the simplistic writing, more suitable to a middle schooler's essay, made it impossible to achieve. I received an el ...more
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