In a way that may be reminiscent of the loving spirit one would bring to a Dead show, Housley treats every character as an emotional being.
You’re talking too much. Girls always talk too much. It’s why I never win the game.
The structure of the novel is a daring one. The narrative makes bold choices at the outset.
Even then she was never a runner, so now here she is, running up this hill in an ugly raincoat toward a line of yipping boys who are just now cresting the peak
The tiniest detail is part of the bigger structure and goals for the story, always.
It is a great book to keep on a nightstand or in your commuter bag, used as a palate cleanser between longer reads or as a guide to discover new-to-you writers.
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Imagine Mulholland Drive focused on the youth of Paris, with striking, believable dialogue and scenes and backgrounds that paint a beautiful, if perplexing, picture.
What was most exhilarating for me, editing this book, was “the hunt,” discovering a new author or story that took me to a fresh place.
We waded to the lake in skirts and filled our best bone china—the water like a covenant, the taste like sugared silver.