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Big World by Mary  Miller
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Jan 15, 2010

really liked it

I really liked Mary Miller's story collection Big World. The 14-30 yr. old female protagonists of these pieces are generally pretty screwed up from having bad parenting and/or profound tragedies to deal with and there is much escapist behavior in the form of drinking and casual sex going on but the narrative voice, which is consistent throughout, is witty, sarcastic, funny, a bit cynical but also frequently insightful making for a very engaging reading experience. The writing does raise for me the issue of whether characters who show such a lack wisdom in the poor choices they make in their daily lives can believably display the kind of wit, intelligence and insight these women do to the reader of these stories. This didn't significantly detract from my enjoyment of Miller's fiction, however, due to the charm of that very same drollery.
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Reading Progress

January 15, 2010 – Shelved
February 3, 2010 – Started Reading
February 4, 2010 –
page 19
8.26%
February 4, 2010 –
page 24
10.43%
February 4, 2010 –
page 27
11.74%
February 4, 2010 –
page 31
13.48%
February 4, 2010 –
page 43
18.7%
February 4, 2010 –
page 55
23.91%
February 5, 2010 –
page 67
29.13%
February 5, 2010 –
page 85
36.96%
February 5, 2010 –
page 89
38.7%
February 5, 2010 –
page 103
44.78%
February 5, 2010 –
page 111
48.26%
February 5, 2010 –
page 119
51.74%
February 6, 2010 –
page 131
56.96%
February 6, 2010 –
page 145
63.04%
February 6, 2010 –
page 155
67.39%
February 7, 2010 –
page 167
72.61%
February 7, 2010 –
page 172
74.78%
February 7, 2010 –
page 176
76.52%
February 7, 2010 –
page 200
86.96%
February 7, 2010 – Finished Reading

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