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Jenny Colvin has commented on (2) products.

Glaciers (Tin House New Voice) by Alexis Smith
Glaciers (Tin House New Voice)

Jenny Colvin, January 1, 2013

This is a new author to pay attention to. Glaciers is brief (my only complaint is I wanted more) but I realized I was feeling every emotion along with Isabel, whose story jumps around between present day and her childhood in Alaska and beyond. The reason I brought it home from the library at all was that the main character worked in libraries, but it exceeded my expectations, even just in the character alone.
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The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
The Imperfectionists

Jenny Colvin, January 1, 2011

I took breaks from this book throughout the day, because it was SO GOOD that I didn't want it to end. No, really. I rarely feel that way, but apparently, that is the experience I'm looking for when I open a novel. This is a novelized set of short stories tied together by the history of a newspaper and its demise, and each chapter focuses on a figure related to the paper. Sometimes the chapter/story would end and I'd find that all of the sudden, I felt deep compassion for these fictional characters, and I was sad to see each of them go despite/because of their quirks and bad choices. Rachman is a powerful storyteller and I can't believe this is his first novel!
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