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The Joshua Tales by Andra Simons
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it was amazing

It is difficult to write a review on this because I'm afraid I won't do it justice! I can't even....put into words what this book made me feel.

This small body of work is startling, shocking and brilliant. Indeed mysterious and magical (and controversial). I've had to read it several times and each time feels like a new heart wrenching journey. This tale takes us to the Oval Office, to jazz singers and God (he was kneeling and staring at a hole in the earth). We experience his baptism, lunatics, uncles and aunts (his aunt doesn’t understand throats. They remind her of drowning), his violent puberty and a brief trip to hell where he meets Lucifer (breakfast included!) We experience his birth. We mourn in wonderment at his death. This isn’t an easy book to read and may not be for everyone, but Simons is indeed a skillful writer/poet and seems incredibly intuitive when it comes to the depths of human tragedy, metamorphosis and psyche. Kudos Andra!

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