An Excellent American Novel
April 4, 2011
Beautiful, gorgeous prose that took my breath away and kept my eyes glued to the page to follow every comma, adjective, and sentence length. Tassie is captivating; the brightest observer and a character for which we want everything good to follow now that she has come of age. This textbook has the quietude of poetry and the suspense of true crime. But guess what? It's literature. Run, don't walk, read, read, read. Everything is here: the Midwesterner's view of NYC, the New Yorker's view of the Midwest, innocence and its loss, love, the fullness of nature, quirky music, sex, race relations, parenting, childhood, a foodie's paradise, and potatoes. A triumph! Now I must get on with my life.
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