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The Development by John Barth
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Nov 25, 2009

it was ok

The townhouses of Heron Bay Estates, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, mostly cater to older folks who want something smaller than a freestanding house but who aren't quite ready for the retirement home. But through small events like a toga party or sightings of a local Peeping Tom, the residents experience both the pleasures and the indignities of old age. The loosely linked stories that form The Development play with not only the format but with readers' expectations; both long-time fans of author John Barth's work and readers new to him will enjoy the tales, which are "urbane, discursive and humorous, often bawdy and never sentimental" (Publishers Weekly).

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