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Digging Up The Bones Paperback – June 5, 2015
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Dale Marlowe is an author, professor, and attorney. He graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2002. He lives in Tipp City.
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Digging Up the Bones is a series of eleven vignettes, many of which could stand on their own as exemplars of the art of short story telling. The story of the Nash family is revealed as chapters skip back and forth through time and place.
I read the book twice, the second time taking the chapters in chronological order in an attempt to better identify the characters ad relationships. In the end I'm not certain it matters. This is an example of a work where the whole exceeds the sum of its parts. Marlowe's work is a masterful interweaving of the story of damaged individuals, their struggles and pain conveyed with a master's use of language (one favorite: three fingers of Jack, elixir of white men desirous of an excuse to misbehave) and twists worthy of O'Henry that left me gapping and grinning.
The Nash's story is difficult, troubling, not easy to distance one's self from and haunting.
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