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The Freak Chronicles by Jennifer Spiegel
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Mar 25, 2012

it was amazing

The characters in these stories struggle to find basic connections although the world doesn't stop to give them time to think. Some of them are alienated in every way, placed in strange countries, surrounded by unfamiliar cultures, with guides as out of place as they are. Even those on familiar ground feel out of place. Time passes and people lose touch. Sometimes something as seemingly slight as a fascination with Mickey Rourke is enough to taint a relationship, while other times, two people with nothing in common can endure due to a belief in commitment. Spiegel frequently returns to the question of "what is enough." With everything that is wrong in the world, (and all the lost people) does it make a difference to "send five girls to school and there are five thousand others who stay home..." as the characters in the story "ZigZag Bridge" ask themselves. Is it only sensible if "good" wins in the end? I'd like to know. It's a pleasure to follow along as these people try work it all out, or at the very least find a way to live with it.
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