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Gritty and wonderful at the same time,
This review is from: Drown (Paperback)
A set of short stories that moves from claustrophobic Dominican townships to anonymous diasporic New York.
Car sickness; dreams of a conventional future with a crack-addict partner; a boy's face savaged by a pig; a guide to interracial dating; stealing while delivering pool tables. These are nostalgic glimpses, but there is arguably enough interconnection for the book to count as a novel.
Broken families, poverty and drug culture give a gritty edge to the original storylines, and occasionally hilarious, occasionally poignant, always honest characters keep the reader close.
Lively rhythm, magnetic idiosyncratic prose: great modern literature.