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351 pages, Hardcover
First published April 6, 2021
Some things remain mysterious even if you think about them all the time.Thanks to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for sending me an ARC of Hummingbird Salamander in exchange for an honest review. I feel conflicted about posting such a negative review for a book I received as an ARC, but honest means honest, and I had a lot of problems with this novel.
Unitopia. Allie’s report had described the artists’ commune as an artificial island in the wilderness.
My boss stuck his head in the doorway a few minutes later. Let’s call him “Alex” because he resembled an Alex. Reasonable and solid. Flickers of humor a few times a year. A lightbulb that couldn’t quite remember how to turn on. Nothing memorable about his blue suits, white shirts, and red ties, but nothing shabby either. He should’ve looked like a human flag, but chose faded tones. So instead Alex looks like a flag that had seen better days.
I usually stopped talking to people when I felt the compulsion to say “I've got a giant salamander in my room no one’s ever seen before.”