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A Good Deuce (Kindle Single) (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading Book 7) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2413 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Electric Literature; 4 edition (November 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEEPOV2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read this through TSP and Tin House. It grabbed my attention immediately and hung on with all the power a narrator can generate, until the very last word, when you are let go after you feel the author's satisfying conclusion. The stylistic prose is finely wordsmithed and packs quite a punch; with each sentence augmenting the ambiance, action, setting and characterization. The narrator is a poor,17 year old boy who has just lost his mother to a drug overdose. His older sister is leaving and his grandmother does not want him to stay. The story's plot is about the boy's first day of coping after his mother's death. Unexpected things happen, including an encounter with someone who just wants to help. It is a very powerful story written the way it was - with things to say about dysfunctional families, friendships, sex, death, grief, strangers, relationships of all kinds, jealousy and love. It was more than interesting and entertaing, it painted a vivid picture of one vignette in this boy's life as he lives it - giving us not only a ride on his shoulder as events unfold, but inside his head as well, living those few short hours that we are with him intensely and fully. Teen logic is hard to get right. I tried for years when my own kids were teenagers and it wasn't until years later that I had the insights necessary to understand it. The author does an amazing job getting the teen logic perfect and therefore her characterization of the boy is a mastercraft of prose. He immediately leaps off the page as an individual; complex, conflicted, harried, rueful.Read more ›
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I first read Jodi Angel's "A Good Deuce" in Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, and was happy to buy it here for so cheap. And apparently I can loan it out to other Amazon users. I had no idea. As far as the story - Roy has lost his Mom to an ugly death, and so he finds solace in booze and the love of a stranger in the back seat of a parked car. Why is such a story so damn good? Because there is not one false note; and the language is deeply felt, plainspoken, poetic (never overly so), and honest. "A Good Deuce" made me sad, and then it made me happy, and then it reminded me that happiness always makes me sad again. For fans of Dorothy Allison, Denis Johnson, Larry Brown, et al. And for those who can spare 99 cents. It's worth every penny.
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It's impossible not to love a story with an opening line like this: "I was on my second bag of Doritos and my lips were stained emergency orange when my best friend, Phillip, said he knew a bar in Hallelujah Junction that didn't card, and maybe we should go there." From this opening the story goes on to explore the narrator's loss of his mother, the dissolution of his family, and the unlikely moments of comfort found in the midst of grief. It is a perfect balance of the tragic and comic: darkly morbid but ultimately hopeful. This narrator, and Angel's voice, stayed with me for a long time after reading. I can't wait to read the author's collection You Only Get Letters From Jail, as soon as it come out this summer.
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This short story was soa great. I decided to purchase more of Jodi Angel's works. Good move if I do say so myself.
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