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Not there for me...
on September 18, 2014
I love reading (and writing) short stories and novels. I have read other novels and stories by the author. I loved her novel Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? The characters were interesting and real.The dialogue true, plot interesting and the narrator's voice compelling.
Here we go again: I wanted to like it, but Bark was a different experience. To me, the writing generally seems forced. By that I mean it is stretching with too much effort to find meaning that doesn't seem to be there. The characters suffer from too little redemption in their sorry lives. I didn't laugh enough.
That said, I really like her previous work. My favorites in the contemporary short story genre include Alice Monroe, Carol Shields, Stuart Dybek.