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I found this story gripping. As I usually do, I listen and read a hard copy of the book simultaneously. Layers of meaning and nuance, echoes, appear across the different mediums. I wasn't thrilled with the narrator's voice, which ended up blurring characters more than the story may have intended/required. But it was a tricky story to narrate too, with the different times and same-named characters and similar relationships between those characters. More than anything, the story is alive and moving and makes you think. Awesome piece of writing. Read and listen, listen and read. It's worth it.
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I was really looking forward to this book after the chapter in Laymon’s essay collection about the trials he had to go through to get it published. It’s about a black boy in Mississippi who finds a book that tells a parallel story about a black boy with the same name (and friends and family) but in a different year. There’s a hole in the woods that allows time travel, the Klan, family secrets revealed, and a few interesting discussions of race (and a bit about gender). (There’s a black man who gets killed by the Klan after making a come-on to a 16-year-old white girl. Of course, killing him was an evil but a female character notes that it’s messed up for a grown man to be talking that way to a girl.) Anyway, by the end, I was frustrated with it and I realized why: It’s just like when someone goes on and on and on about a crazy dream where all these fantastical and nonsensical things happen — it’s interesting to them but not to anybody else.
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