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Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump
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There's a lot that's good here. I appreciate a novel that addresses structural issues like racism and violence through and personal and idiosyncratic story. I liked that there was humor and beauty to be found, even in the midst of tragedy and destruction. But I also felt like this novel was so short and impressionistic that I couldn't really get a handle on it. I would have loved to see a big, sprawling, Dickensian saga with these same characters.

Also, some excellent prose about basketball (a sport I don't even like):

Jonah took off from the free-throw line. He spread his legs and caught the ball with one hand. He cleared his little brother by a foot. It looked like he would fly out of the cage and land somewhere in Ohio. He was a low-flying jet in the dusk. He returned to earth like a breaching whale. My legs quivered. Paul ran over and hugged him. His little brother held on to his waist.

"See that, Claude?" Paul asked. "That's how sex feels."

"My God son, Paul said to Jonah. "You are a religion."
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Reading Progress

February 13, 2020 – Started Reading
February 16, 2020 – Shelved
February 16, 2020 – Shelved as: 2020
February 16, 2020 – Finished Reading

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