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The Whore's Child and Other Stories by Richard Russo
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Feb 21, 2010

Read in December, 2005

"Entertaining short stories in Russo's dependable prose. The first two stories are the best of the set. While the writing lacks the continuous stylistic punch of, say, Foer, Russo has his good moments:
\Sister Ursula belonged to an all but extinct order of Belgian nuns who conducted what little spiritual business remained to them in a decrepit old house purchased by the diocese seemingly because it was unlikely to outlast them.\""
\""Of all the things that Joyce's sort of woman said about men, Martin disliked the he-just-doesn't-get-it riff most of all. For one thing, it presupposed there was something to get, usually something obvious, something you'd have to be blind not to see. And of course the reason you couldn't see it--as women were happy to explain--was that you had a dick, as if that poor, maligned appendage were constantly in a man's line of sight, blocking his view of what women, who were not similarly encumbered, wanted him to take notice of.\""

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