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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Dead Fish Museum

Book #23 on my reading list this year was Charles D'Ambrosio's PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist The Dead Fish Museum.

If you're a dude living in the Pacific Northwest and you enjoy reading modern fiction, D'Ambrosio's pretty much as good as it gets. In the Dead Fish Museum he cements his already sterling reputation with a great collection of gritty short stories. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Raymond Carver, D'Ambrosio's stories are like a good swift punch to the gut that's sure to send you reeling. Highly recommended.

NY Times review
Believer review
Bookslut interview


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