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Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
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Aug 26, 2012

it was amazing

A really great collection of gritty, emotionally-charged stories based in Nevada. The landscapes hover between the lights of Las Vegas, mining boomtowns, vast spaces, suburbs and sometimes dip as far as the Pacific Coast. The characters in this collection are a hardened bunch of sisters, lovers, loners, gold miners, members of the Manson clan, and whore house workers, who try to make peace, make connections and move past the grueling, often devastating hand life dealt them. I love what Watkins does with form and language here. Absolutely stunning.

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