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Apparition & Late Fictions by Thomas Lynch
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Sep 12, 2011

really liked it

Nobody can deny the craftsmanship and lyric beauty of the writing, or the depth of themes explored--loss, grief, love in all its manifestations. I love Lynch's essays and poems unreservedly. As a fiction writer, however, he's uneven.

While Lynch is surefooted, deft and compelling when writing from the masculine perspective, the single story in this collection written from a woman's point of view was, frankly, mediocre. It's as if Lynch has trouble understanding women. They're either runaway wives, sweet young things married to geezers--or women who spend way too much time absorbed in their careers, wardrobes and self-indulgence. The most appealing woman in the book provides sex, then disappears.

The old saw "write about what you know" seems to apply, in spades to Thomas Lynch. When writing about the majesty and ordinariness of death, or constructing exquisite poems, he's unparalleled. Before he writes more short stories, he should read more female-authored fiction, however.

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