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Livability by Jon Raymond
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Jan 13, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 13 to 31, 2012 — I own a copy

A good, solid collection of stories. I can see why people have compared him to Raymond Carver - the earthy realism and economy of style definitely has the ring of the Carveresqe - but this guy is certainly no mere imitator. There's something decidedly unfussy about the way he writes, a sort of downtempo style with the briefest of flourishes here and there. He also has some of the best open endings I've read for a while. Pre-ordering his second collection now.

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