Category Archives: Fiction – short story collections

A Review of Larry Watson’s Justice

I loved this book – probably more than any other book I’ve read this year. This is one of those collections of linked stories that masquerade as a novel. I actually like it better when I think of its chapters as … Continue reading

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Thoughts on T.C. Boyle’s Wild Child and Other Stories (by Jill)

  I’ve read a few of T.C. Boyle’s short stories before, but never a whole collection of them. Wild Child and Other Stories was amazing. Each story, no matter how short, was a self-contained little universe. I wish I’d had … Continue reading

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A Review of Thom Jones’ The Pugilist at Rest

A teaching mentor once told me that while “B” essays tend to be “B” essays from start to finish without exceptions, “A” essays are often occasionally “C” essays or even “D” essays or “F” essays. The reason, of course, is … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Phil Klay’s Redeployment (by Bethany)

In the title story of this collection, the protagonist confesses to having killed dogs while deployed in Iraq. By the time the story begins, he is back home in North Carolina, reconnecting with his wife and facing the reality that … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Phil Klay’s Redeployment (With More to Come Soon) – by Bethany

Tonight’s post is going to be brief. Today I read the first three-fifths of Phil Klay’s Redeployment in more or less the same manner that I first read its literary big brother, The Things They Carried – which is to … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts (for now) on The Best of McSweeney’s (by Jill)

I just checked to see how long it took me to finish this book and essentially I spent the entire month of February with this lovely anthology. I was surprised; because usually when I spend this long on one book … Continue reading

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The Best of McSweeney’s, Progress Report #2 (by Jill)

  Have I mentioned before how long this book is? And how heavy? And how the cover without is dust jacket (which I always take off when I’m reading because I find them to be somewhat cumbersome and I need … Continue reading

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