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Horse Latitudes Paperback – January 15, 2019
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I never disliked the book, nor did I consider abandoning it the way I do with some challenging reads. Descriptions of characters and scenes read like poetry. It was easy to pick up the book at any point and lose yourself in the story. And yet, when the book came to a close (and by that I mean I ran out of pages -- not that there was necessarily closure), I found I didn't particularly care for any of the characters. So-and-so dies? So what. Main character still dwells on his failed relationship back in the Motherland? Who cares?
This book does not deserve negative reviews, and reading it did make me want to look for other things by the author. Horse Latitudes is touted as a debut novel, and it has far too many strengths to be the only thing Collins publishes. I'll opt for something less exhausting for my next read, but I will look forward to finding something else Collins has to offer in the future.
PS Why is this book not getting any attention? The only press it seems to have gotten is an NPR review. I have seen or heard nothing else about it.