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Bury This Paperback – December 31, 2013
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"Bury This is a 'can’t-put-down' type of novel for a wide range of audiences. It’s a tale of an unsolved murder, riddled with unexpected twists and revelations. I highly recommend it, especially as a beach read this summer." Sensible Reason
The violent murder of a young innocent underpins Andrea Portes’s second novel [and she] tells this tale of violence in spiraling prose. Her empathy shies away from nothing in the tangled lives of this small Michigan town, with a young girl tied up tight in the center Bury This doesn’t breathe life into Krause to titillate us but to allow us to participate in the mystery of her death, yes, but also of her life and of small-town America. Portes takes a tale of personal tragedy and marries it to one of national weight. Throughout, her writing about this dirty, awful thing is so fresh it falls on readers bright and clean as north-country snow.” New York Times Book Review
If one could hear novelist Andrea Portes at work typing, I think the keystrokes might sound something like machine-gun fire: rapid, furious bursts of word bullets, aimed directly at the reader’s heart and wasting no extra ammunition in getting there... Portes captures the fetid, dark essence of Bury This: some people’s seemingly unquenchable, monstrous thirst to destroy beauty. Amazingly though, in writing about it, Portes also creates something wondrous, like the glow of a single jellyfish, floating gloriously amid an endlessly dark ocean.” Dallas Morning News
Andrea Portes is a natural, and she creates a fever dream with Bury This. Portes writes with such cool grace we almost forget to be astonished by her narrative's complexity. Bury This is exhilarating, a raw, gripping, wintry Gothic, a less patrician--and perhaps more shattering--version of Donna Tartt's The Secret History. Read it and be transfixed.” Matthew Specktor, American Dream Machine
Witty, gothic, sparse, and poetic at its heart, Bury This is a page turner from the first sentence and a journey into the dark mysteries of the human condition.” Frank Bill, Crimes in Southern Indiana and Donnybrook
Andrea Portes writes with the tip of a knife, shape-shifting between characters and laying bare their darkest secrets. Bury This is electrifying and elegiac, sensual and suspenseful.” Dylan Landis, Normal People Don’t Live Like This
'Bury This is a stunning, unflinching portrait of a girl discarded but not forgotten, a town shattered by suspicion, and the corrosive power of anger, secrets, and shame. Andrea Portes fearlessly explores what lies beneath our fragile surfaces, what we try to bury in order to survive. This is a raw, poetic murder mystery less about who or how than the more haunting and compelling why.” Tara Ison, Rockaway
Portes’s short chapters and staccato narration make for a quick and compulsive read as a study in human nature, it’s a triumph.” Publishers Weekly
"Based on a true story, this book delivers suspense but means to be a social study, told in precise, lyrical language." —Library Journal
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If Joyce Carol Oates and Charles Bukowski had a literary baby, it would be Andrea Portes.
That probably sounds like HUGE hyperbole but read this novel and tell me different. Words can hardly express how traumatized I am by this beautiful, poetic, stunning piece of fiction. I think I might have underestimated this author, actually, as I loved HICK but didn't really see this coming. This novel BLINDSIDES you. The characters are following me around, particularly Shauna Boggs. There is such pathos there.
I'm really intrigued by her male characters. This novel's Jeff Cody is as exquisitely flawed as the Eddie Kreezer character in HICK. Her male characters are broken in such fascinating ways that even when they do horrible things it's impossible to abandon them.
A lot of times second novels really are a make or break thing. With BURY THIS, Andrea Portes shows she is no lightweight and is, indeed, a singular voice for her generation. Where others go snarky or ironic, she goes right in with humanity, beauty, poetry and a kind of ruthlessness as astonishing as it is beautiful.
I am now a huge fan and will be following this author with a keen interest. HICK was great, and I adored it. But this is haunting me in a way I would never have foreseen.
I agree with other posters it did take some time to build up, and the backstories of Beth's parents were a little boring. Speaking of which, Lt. Colonels in the military are addressed as "Colonel", not as "Lt. Colonel", when speaking to them. Both a nurse and the Detective addressed him as "Lt. Colonel" when speaking to him. Minor nitpick, however. (Their official title is used for stuff like party invitations or description as "Hey, I invited my friend Tom Smith to the party. He's a Lt Colonel in the Army. In fact, there he is now. Hey, Tom! Meet John. John, this is Colonel Tom Smith."
Portes' writing style is similar to Chuck Palahniuk, Sylvia Plath and Jack Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness, impressionist poetic style and psychological depth.
Bury this is a “can’t-put-down” type of novel for a wide range of audiences. It’s a tale of an unsolved murder, riddled with unexpected twists and revelations. I highly recommend it, especially as a beach read this summer.
I loved it.
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