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American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell
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Oct 24, 2009

really liked it
Recommended to g by: 2009 National Book Award finalist
Read in November, 2009

Excellent short stories of impoverished down-and-outs in rural Michigan. The stories are slightly less than satisfying because they are so short, but it says something about Campbell's storytelling abilities that each story weaves such a memorable and compelling spell; I'd love novel-length versions or continuations of each. It's gritty and tender, often at the same time, with nuanced characters who are convincing and emotionally complex, often desperately hopeful in spite of bleak surroundings and circumstances. Men, women, teenagers, children--all are believable and fully realized. Favorites include "The Trespasser" (the chilling and wondrous four-page collection opener about a family whose house has been rearranged by a young meth addict), "Family Reunion," and "Bringing Belle Home."
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