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    I got tired of fallen asleep while I drive listening to books... so I tried the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Churned through three books and figured out that they're basically same books. I guess I can skip the other 20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    I reserved the four that looked interesting to me.
    There There
    Tommy Orange


    The Great Believers
    Rebecca Makkai


    Where the Dead Sit Talking
    Brandon Hobson


    Gun Love
    Jennifer Clement

    American Marriage looks dumb so that did not go on my to read list.

    Without even reading them, I predict that one of the two Native American ones wins this year.

    So, I've started reading the long list. I just finished Gun Love and I'll be shocked if it's not a finalist. You don't spend a single minute in a happy place and that will affect how a lot of readers ultimately feel about the novel. People who read for escape or strictly for pleasure may hate this one, though it'll be hard for anyone not to appreciate the lyrical prose. I think it's brilliant and strangely beautiful literary fiction but I still have some thinking to do about what it all meant. (Reminded me a bit of Mr. Splitfoot, Piney. I think you read that one).

    Before I started "Gun Love", I dove into "Florida". It's a short story collection. I got about a third through it and I realized I've read several of these before (New Yorker). That frustrates me about short story collections. Anyway, I got bored and thought "let me just check the first page of a different one to snap out of this" and Gun love was closest. The difference in the two books was startling. Opening sentences were "My mother was a cup of sugar. You could borrow her anytime." and a few sentences later: “My mother was so sweet, her hands were always birthday-party sticky. Her breath held the five flavors of Life Savers candy … But sweetness is always looking for Mr. Bad and Mr. Bad can pick out Miss Sweet in any crowd. My mother opened her mouth in a great wide O and breathed him right into her body.”

    I didn't pick up Florida again until Gun Love was devoured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBlue View Post
    So, I've started reading the long list. I just finished Gun Love and I'll be shocked if it's not a finalist. You don't spend a single minute in a happy place and that will affect how a lot of readers ultimately feel about the novel. People who read for escape or strictly for pleasure may hate this one, though it'll be hard for anyone not to appreciate the lyrical prose. I think it's brilliant and strangely beautiful literary fiction but I still have some thinking to do about what it all meant. (Reminded me a bit of Mr. Splitfoot, Piney. I think you read that one).

    Before I started "Gun Love", I dove into "Florida". It's a short story collection. I got about a third through it and I realized I've read several of these before (New Yorker). That frustrates me about short story collections. Anyway, I got bored and thought "let me just check the first page of a different one to snap out of this" and Gun love was closest. The difference in the two books was startling. Opening sentences were "My mother was a cup of sugar. You could borrow her anytime." and a few sentences later: “My mother was so sweet, her hands were always birthday-party sticky. Her breath held the five flavors of Life Savers candy … But sweetness is always looking for Mr. Bad and Mr. Bad can pick out Miss Sweet in any crowd. My mother opened her mouth in a great wide O and breathed him right into her body.”

    I didn't pick up Florida again until Gun Love was devoured.
    I am going to read it based on that quote alone. Wow.
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