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Erin Tuzuner has commented on (10) products.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Everything I Never Told You

Erin Tuzuner, September 22, 2014

Juliet Capulet and Laura Palmer have proven that dead teenage girls generate an audience. Celeste Ng uses one as well to illustrate and examine the kaleidoscope of grief through the permutations of time and narrator. The prosaic humiliations will resonate with any age, as shattered glass informs a stone cast in haste. The familiar fractured family may remind you of the Virgin Suicides, the Ice Storm, the Secret Friend, with good reason. The spider webbing of past regrets inflicted on the present generation is powerful for its catharsis and relatibility; the plot points reading as family history.
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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
The Shining Girls

Erin Tuzuner, September 22, 2014

The scariest part of this book was how the ending could be so predictable when the premise was so fantastic. Disappointment aside, the glitteringly inexplicable violence of a time traveling misogynist peppered with insightful one liners makes for an exciting Saturday night. There are some missteps in the formulaic mismatch of old/young boy/girl that are forgivable, yet unnecessary. Reach exceeding grasp in the case of a fascinating premise but safe execution.
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Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth by Peter Wild
Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth

Erin Tuzuner, February 13, 2014

Better in concept than execution, this short story collection provides a VERY mixed bag of talent and skill. Kevin Powell and Katherine Dunn were worth it, as they often are.
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The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro
The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club

Erin Tuzuner, February 13, 2014

I found this while shelving books at the library (where I am employed) and passed an easy Friday reading this at the desk. I had no expectations for this and was pleasantly surprised when I laughed uproariously and Instragrammed select paragraphs to my moderately amused followers. Dysfunction has never looked so sunny. Must be the desert air.
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My Education by Susan Choi
My Education

Erin Tuzuner, February 13, 2014

Obsessive love can be excellent fodder for a novel. In this case, it was not. The immaturity, the college allusions to Foucault/Lacan etc, and naturally THE POTENTIAL are all par for the course when reading about college, but Choi accidentally uses synecdoche to illustrate her points. There are flashes of brilliance, usually in a well crafted sentence, but her dialog and characterization of every character except the protagonist are paltry and disappointing. The last quarter of the novel felt phon(i)ed in.
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