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Snapshots in Prose Paperback – August 27, 2012
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About the Author
Richard Leonard is a teacher and writer. Set in the NYC of his youth-a crucible of conflict, unforgettable characters, and creativity-Snapshots takes readers deeper into the spirit and themes of his earlier works, Twixtujons (2007) and December (1977). He is a guest speaker at local colleges and universities.
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outside of time and stepping back in. And of course, once I had read it all: the click.
And then the voracious re-read.
The stories themselves hold up individually, and flow - even when mentions of various people or events are repeats, if you have read prior vignettes - beautifully. Immediate coming-of-age comparisons spring to mind, but this is less... idealized? Disney? Sentimental?... than a "Stand By Me", and less bitter than a "Catcher in the Rye". It feels like my own memory (neat trick, since I'm a female from a different decade!), and if read all at once, the recurrence of certain events, described each time from a slightly different time/angle, captures exactly the sensation of recalling something you have already recalled before. Remembering remembering, if you will. Not sure if that makes sense, but the emotion rings true, and never sends you up out of the story.
I was sad when it was over; I wanted more.