Archive for November, 2013
Patrick Flanery’s debut novel is a very interesting example of an overarching story that incorporates another “novel” or “memoir,” a journal and more embedded inside it. Set in post-apartheid South Africa Absolution is a thought provoking book, and engaging; not necessarily, or least of all, in the sense one would initially expect.
The world isnвЂ™t kind to the characters in Jess WalterвЂ™s collection of 13 short stories. Each of them is a loser, living in a вЂњfrontier of stale and unfulfilled dreams:вЂќ careless fathers, scam artists, ex-cons, gamblers, incestuous brothers, drug abusers.