Friday, November 27, 2015

"Masterful modern storytelling." The New York Stories. Thankful still.

Most thankful in fact. Excerpt? For sure.

"The New York Stories exceeds on the old maxim: show, don’t tell. Here in Ben Tanzer’s modern Yankee Yoknapatawpha, the reader is a third wheel in the lives of the residents of the author’s fictionalized hometown, and is allowed to feel and experience first hand, rather than consume from an unnamed omniscience. Beyond anecdotal, the New York Stories eschews linear storytelling in favor of juxtaposing memory and nightmare, moving in fits and starts, so that the reader, when the NY Stories is at its best, can honestly be left confounded if his or her memories are their own or one of Tanzer’s vignettes."

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