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Julia Glassâ€™s latest book strikes right to the core of personal identity. How do we solidify our sense of who we are if we donâ€™t know where we came from? In what ways can we take our place in the universe if our knowledge of our past is incomplete?
Billy Lynn â€“ the eponymous hero of this book â€“ is a genuine American hero. He and his fellow Bravo Squad members decimated an insurgency â€“ caught on film by an embedded Fox News crew — and became overnight sensations in a nation starved for good news about Iraq. They are brought home for a media-intensive â€śVictory Tourâ€ť â€“ in cities that happen to lie in an electoral swing state — to reinvigorate support for the war. We meet them at the end of that tour, on a rainy Thanksgiving, hosted by Americaâ€™s Team, The Dallas Cowboys.
February 27, 2014
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: 21st-Century, Football, Great American Novel, Real Event Fiction, War Story Â· Posted in: Drift-of-Life, Humorous, National Book Award Finalist, National Book Critic Circle (NBCC), Texas, Unique Narrative, United States, y Award Winning Author
Although Duffy Dombroski was getting heat from his supervisor to go to a required training program so that he could perform better at his social worker job, Duffy jumped at the chance to go to Las Vegas as a sparring partner for Boris Rusakov, the Russian heavyweight champion. Duffy even somehow finds a way to bring his dog Al on the plane and he convinces all his friends but his trainer Smitty to go with him. Duffy doesnâ€™t care that his doctor is worried about his head injuries; Duffy just wants the chance to go to Vegas. Once heâ€™s in Vegas though, things donâ€™t go the way he hoped and he ends up in some unanticipated situations. Tom Schreck provides an entertaining book with lots of adventures, including some difficult and often touching moments with humor and entertaining moments, primarily provided by his basset hound Al and Duffyâ€™s bar friends.
The world isnâ€™t kind to the characters in Jess Walterâ€™s collection of 13 short stories. Each of them is a loser, living in a â€śfrontier of stale and unfulfilled dreams:â€ť careless fathers, scam artists, ex-cons, gamblers, incestuous brothers, drug abusers.
The main character of Banksâ€™ new novel, a twenty-two-year-old registered sex offender in South Florida known only as â€śthe Kid,â€ť may initially repel readers. The Kid is recently out of jail and on ten-year probation in fictional Calusa County, and is required to wear a GPS for soliciting sex from an underage girl. Ironically, he is still a virgin.
The Kid cannot leave the county, but he also cannot reside within 2,500 feet from any place children would congregate. That leaves three optionsâ€”the swamplands, the airport area, or the Causeway. He chooses the Causeway and meets other sex offenders, a seriously motley crew, who consciously isolate from each other as a group. He befriends one old man, the Rabbit, but sticks to his tent, his bicycle, and his alligator-size pet iguana, Iggy. Later, he procures a Bible.
Danish Detective Carl Morck is a walking tormented shell of his former self. Recently returned to work, he is living with post-traumatic stress disorder following an incident that ended with the shooting death of one of his colleagues and a shot that paralyzed his friend, Detective Hardy. Morck was also injured by a shot to the head. So far the perpetrators have not been found and Morck lives with survivorâ€™s guilt. He is difficult to get along with, often late to work, and no longer has his heart in his work.