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3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing does not a novel make, 20 May 2010
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I love Lorrie Moore's short stories but I found this novel hard going. On every page there is beautiful writing, sentences and snippets that ring in the memory. Tassie's character is beautifully drawn. There are experiences and incidents that promise much insight into the life of a young girl. But they never seem to draw together into a satisfying and meaningful whole novel. There's a lack of plot that made some sections feel really tedious, the beautiful writing often meanders and distracts as if to fill space. I finished the book more convinced than ever that the short story form is seriously under-rated and that Lorrie Moore is one of its greatest exponents.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2010 16:19:01 BDT
I agree with you that this is really a set of short stories wound together round the character of Tassie. It is not a coherent story in itself. Having said that I did not find it hard going but a delight to read and I will search out other books by her for the many passages which are wonderful.
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