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The New Valley: Novellas (2009)

by Josh Weil(Favorite Author)
3.86 of 5 Votes: 4
0802118917 (ISBN13: 9780802118912)
Grove Press
review 1: This collection of three novellas is terrific. They're all set in Southwestern Virginia and explore that landscape and the people (which seemed familiar, since I had just read Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer, which is set nearby). Of the three, the most impressive is "Sarverville Remains," which is told from the point of view of a mildly retarded man who struggles to fit into society--one of my favorite subjects. Highly recommended.
review 2: As with all the best short fiction, the three novellas that constitute The New Valley carry a weight disproportionate to their length. These stories give a voice to the lonely and disconnected that would otherwise remain mute among the force of change that moves the people and environment around them. In reading it, I more
... morethan once caught myself exhaling a long-held breath after a moment of tension or sadness had completely removed me from my immediate surroundings and into the hollow, ramshackle world of Osby, Stillman, and Geoffrey. This is a great book that at once leaves you satisfied and craving more from a very promising author. less
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Three related novellas -- quiet stories about overlooked people.
Easily one of the best books I've read in the past year.
Brilliant debut. An author to watch for the future.
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