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Osin Paperback – April 1, 2007
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Osin is not an admirable character, but he is a sympathetic one. He has a remarkable ability to turn any situation in which he is the offender into one in which he is the victim. At one point in the novella, when several of Osin's past indiscretions surface, Rosanna aptly remarks, "He does stupid things, but he's not malicious." Osin's estranged son and cryptic daughter-in-law stand in need of evidence as to the truth of this statement, however; they are not convinced that he is anything more than an opportunist.Read more ›
The domestic plot here could easily fall flat on the page and succumb to its own ordinariness were it not for Lott's ability to capture the vivid flux of finely variegated feelings submerged just beneath the surface of everyday life. _Osin_ has the psychological heft of a novel tempered by the light touch and tight prose we expect from the expertly crafted short story. More important, Lott writes men masterfully, writes them as well as Charles Baxter writes women. Lott's depiction of Osin is perfectly poised, capturing the way confrontation for some men can be both a challenge and a plea, a threat and an invitation. Osin loves to pick fights with people - his ex wife, his estranged son, his soon-to-be second ex-wife, his daughter-in-law ... even his young grandson on occasion - and then takes umbrage whenever anyone rises to the bait. He's aggressively affronted, and yet there's a strange intimacy Osin associates with sparring. Love, Lott suggests in _Osin_, is when it's worth picking a fight over.Read more ›