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Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing by Lydia Peelle
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Dec 31, 2010

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Recommended to Thing Two by: Rollins Winter with the Writers

Lydia Peelle will be one of the writers in residence at Rollins College's Winter with the Writer's series in 2011, so I took the opportunity to familiarize myself with her writing, before I have the opportunity to meet her.

These eight stories remind me of Maile Meloy's writing - bleak but powerful - of characters who take an ever-decreasing resonsibility for their world, and the ever-increasing challenges these positions create.

"The Mule Killers" a story about an aging farmer who slowly goes crazy as he is forced to keep up with modern technology won the O. Henry Award in 2006, and two of the stories in this collection won Pushcart Prizes.

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