Whiskey

Whiskey

Book - 2018
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A family moves violently through their lives, fierce with each other yet deeply loyal.
Publisher: New York : MCD, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374289188
0374289182
Branch Call Number: FIC HOLBERT 2018
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 22 cm

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Battling brothers Andre and Wendell trade barbed words and blows, a modern Cain and Abel in Electric City, WA.


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butterfly332
Jul 23, 2018

I loved this book. The writer has that talent of transporting you to a level of thought and contemplation with simple language. I kept thinking of Faulkner, Hemingway. I felt like I lost my way at one point, but I was just along for the ride with the rich complex characters he flushes out with a richly described landscape. I think a reader has to have a good knowledge of the American novel to “Get” how good this is!

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lukasevansherman
Jun 07, 2018

Some books you read to enjoy. This is not one of those books. Washington native Bruce Holbert's third novel comes out of the dirty/gritty realism school of writing. These are small, screwed up lives set in bleak small towns where adultery, alcoholism, casual violence, rage, and loveless sex rule. I would advise reading this with some bottom shelf whiskey. Like that, you won't really enjoy it, but you'll feel compelled to finish it. Don't take this one to the beach!

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