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ChanceMaree

Chance's Take on Books

I'm a novelist who loves to read and discuss all things word-bound.

Currently reading

Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis
Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style
Virginia Tufte
The Chicago Manual of Style
John Grossman, Margaret D. Mahan
I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
Steve Earle
The Sense of Touch - Ron Parsons
I enjoyed this debut collection of short stories by Ron Parsons. The characters are interesting and their stories are well-told. Reading them reminded me of [b:Winesburg, Ohio|80176|Winesburg, Ohio|Sherwood Anderson|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1170979482s/80176.jpg|191520], another narrative of life in the Midwest. Each story pulls the reader into a mile trek in a stranger's shoes - you touch the texture of lives and find alienation, longings, and loves woven together, as they must be to keep out the cold.

The writing is clear with mature observances that rang true to my understanding of humanity. I highlighted sentences particularly well done--something I've not been moved to do in quite awhile. In any case, I hope Ron continues to write and publish--perhaps a novel next time?