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Barrelling Forward by Eva Crocker
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Aug 12, 2017

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, queer, canadian, east-coast, short-stories, gay
Read from August 07 to 12, 2017 , read count: 1

This debut collection of short stories are usually set in St. John's and feature twenty-something and middle aged working class Newfoundlanders. It has some lovely understated writing, well drawn characters, and many interesting moments. My problem is that none of the stories had a narrative arc or tension. I'm all for short snapshots of everyday life, but you have to add significance. The ending of every story felt abrupt and arbitrary. Full review to come on my blog.
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05/23 marked as: to-read
08/07 marked as: currently-reading
08/10 page 140
53.0% "Hmm, still not super into these stories. It's weird because they should be exactly what I usually love. I'm having a hard time figuring out what is missing."
08/12 page 148
56.0% "I just feel like none of these stories have an arc? It's like there's no rhyme or reason why they start or end where they do. Interesting characters, scenes, and moments aren't enough to sustain a narrative."
08/12 marked as: read
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Shvaugn Craig "My problem is that none of the stories had a narrative arc or tension. I'm all for short snapshots of everyday life, but you have to add significance."

I'm reading a collection like that right now and was struggling to word how I felt about it. That's exactly it! Thanks.


CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Yay! Glad to help.


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