This was a tricky review to write, because the book was a sort that doesn’t appeal to me personally but is clearly a good book of its sort (I asked myself: Would my husband like this? And the answer was a resounding yes, and sure enough, his reading was a resounding pleasure.). What’s remarkable is how very funny it is, and how much of that humor is invested in the language, which the young writer, a Pole, has only recently acquired.
Ellen Akins is the author of the novels Home Movie, Little Woman, Public Life, and Hometown Brew, and the short story collection World Like a Knife. She has published short stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, and The Southwest Review, which (the last two) awarded her their biennial short fiction awards. Read more
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