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Jan 30, 2012

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Read from February 09 to 14, 2012

I love Annie Proulx's short stories and her novel, Shipping News. This novel falls somewhere in between - not really a novel but an interconnected set of stories associated with accordions or, more accurately, one accordion, made in Sicily in the 1870s or 1880s. The stories range from sad to tragic and from funny to truly bizarre. One story is even set in Wyoming, reminding me of the Wyoming stories for which the author is famous. I like most of the stories associated with New Orleans, Iowa, Texas, Maine, and Chicago. The association of accordions with child molesting is not so likable. I don't know where you could come up with so many sad, gritty stories about this one limited subject.

I am a real fan of the author's writing and read or listen to whatever new material I can find. This find was a little less satisfying than some others. Annie Proulx's wit and sass always show through, however.
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