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What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
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This novel was paired with Black Deutschland: A Novel in a New Yorker review, here:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...

Fair enough since both are about gay expatriate men looking for love in Europe, and both published by FSG...but where Black Deutschland opened me to a new world and new thoughts, What Belongs to You closed me, and left me feeling cramped and confined by its level of introspection, by its air of regret and loss. It's a truly claustrophobic story, from the first cramped scene set in a men's public restroom. It mixes the promise of love with mythology/reality about disease and power imbalance and violence. It's tremendously well-written; it's fiction that is truthful in the best sense; but it was just too airless for me.
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Reading Progress

December 13, 2015 – Shelved
December 13, 2015 – Shelved as: in-queue
December 27, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
January 2, 2016 – Shelved as: w-o-w
January 3, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
February 18, 2016 – Shelved as: waitlist
March 27, 2016 – Started Reading
March 27, 2016 – Finished Reading
March 31, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016

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Greg poingu, I love how you describe this book with your "power imbalance" term. And yes, it does feel like truth.


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