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Going Away Shoes by Jill McCorkle
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Jul 17, 2009

it was ok
Read in July, 2009

The strength of a short story collection is how many stories you remember afterwards. For me there were two stand outs "PS" and "Intervention." The author's writing is solid, though some times the subject matter seemed a bit repetitive with the well-to-do wife (middle aged or older) pondering her life post-divorce, during marriage, or otherwise.

One story had an interesting take from three different POVs (a young girl, a middle aged woman embarking on an affair, and an older woman) but still many of McCorkle's stories didn't stay with me. Her prose is solid and very steady. She's good with describing emotions and creating characters, but as I said after a while some melded together.

To date the best short story collection I've read is "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere" by ZZ Packer. But I'll continue on finding another that tickles my fancy as much.
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Reading Progress

07/21/2009 page 121
44.49% "Some stories are more interesting than others."
07/22/2009 page 198
72.79% "Patient writing to marriage counselor story was pretty decent."

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