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Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney
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Mar 14, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: debut-novel
Read in July, 2007

A charming, subdued story about a young woman who comes to New York City from an island off the coast of Maine and begins to figure out the oddities in her family's past as well as some things she never understood about herself. As I said when I interviewed Sweeney for GalleyCat, "it's a gay novel that doesn't particularly make a big deal out of being a gay novel; the emotional and sexual blossoming of Miranda, the protagonist, is treated subtly enough that the significance is allowed to sneak up on the reader, and the queerness of other characters is handled utterly matter-of-factly."

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