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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us

Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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    Before, During, After

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The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass
The Widower's Tale

Karen DeVaney, January 1, 2011

This book definitely lives up to the high standards set by Julia Glass in her previous books. I expect great narrative and characterization from her, and she did not disappoint. I lived and breathed these characters, and was ultimately both uplifted and irked at the twists and turns in their stories, just like real life. This is not a clean, neatly wrapped-up novel with a single story arc and a pat, happy conclusion. This is a messy, wide-ranging look at social classes and issues, medical professionals, ecoterrorism and radical green movements, divorce, societal pressures, widowers and dating, college life, immigrants... all set in a Boston suburb revolving around the main characters of an elderly widower, his two daughters, a grandson, and an immigrant laborer. I was pulled into the story by the setting and premise, and stayed for the roller coaster ride of disparate strands of seemingly real life crashing into each other. It was a pleasurable and thought-provoking read.
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