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Uneven Collection Makes for a Difficult Review
on October 10, 2000
I'm in complete agreement with the reviewers who pronounced this to be an uneven work. I think Ms Barrett is actually strongest with the stories that deal more with the gifted amateurs than with the professional scientists. "Rare Bird" and "Ship Fever" itself were the strongest pieces, and the only ones that I had a real emotional response to (for me the novella in particular since my great-great-great grandmother was one of the thousands who perished in sight of land in the Gulf of St. Lawrence). I also agree that the "Marberg Sisters" in particular was quite poor. Still, one must applaud a writer who dares to venture out beyond suburban angst, and since her writing is stylish throughout (no matter what the merits of a particular piece) I would enjoy reading a more extended work from her.