Friday, July 3, 2009

Fast Review

I've been wanting to read a "grown-up" book, but my self-imposed goal of a book a day pushes me towards easier fare. So Adam Haslett's
You Are Not a Stranger Here worked perfectly -- the short story form let me plug along for a few days without losing any energy.

Each story acts as a single hard gem, usually flawed. Many of the themes revolve around failures of love, usually between men but sometimes within a family. Grief and loss tint the perceptions of the characters, narrowly focusing their attention on their lives so that we see each tiny detail as well. A beautiful collection. B+

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