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Girls by Frederick Busch
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it was amazing

An almost unrelentingly grim novel — but beautiful as well, as Busch creates characters of stunning complexity and reality. The entire cast of Girls comes alive in a way that few novels' characters do.

Like Robert Stone's A Flag for Sunrise, Girls is concerned with the prevalence of cruelty and injustice in the world, but in Busch's novel the focus is not political or historical, but rather more intensely centered on an individual life. "I am not a bad man," Jack, our narrator, insists near the end of the novel — and I'm reminded, reading it, how rare and wonderful it can sometimes be simply to be able to stake that claim.

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July 1, 2007 – Finished Reading
July 23, 2007 – Shelved

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