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Now That You're Back by A.L. Kennedy
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Apr 24, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: short-stories, scottish

Kennedy’s second collection (with a novel written—or at least published— in between). She touches on some of the same themes as the previous collection, still does a lot of monologues, but this collection has a broader range of styles, even a “traditional” story with scenes. “The Mouseboks Family Dictionary” is a brilliant experiment. I’d call it post-modern, but it harks back to Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary. Even if imitative, her use of a dictionary to tell her “story” is innovative and funny, yet deadly serious.
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