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House of Skin by Kiana Davenport
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Sep 29, 2011

it was amazing

These are some of the most astonishing stories I've ever read. Kiana Davenport writes tight, clean, gorgeous prose that is beautifully descriptive without being wordy. Her characters are developed with precision and breath-taking honesty, rare in short stories.

These stories, all of which take place on South Pacific islands, including Fiji, Pentecost Island, Nauru and Hawaii are both beautiful and brutal -- and painfully honest about the lives of the women who fill them.

The title story, House of Skin, is unforgettable and the final scene will haunt me for years. But every single story is unique and stunning in its own way. I especially loved "War Dolls".

I read Davenport's Shark Dialogues when it first came out and I couldn't stop talking about it to people. Still after all these years I have pictures in my head from that book. I'm now on a mission to read all of her books. She writes so well.
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