After the Parade by Lori Ostlund

This novel tells 40-year-old Aaron Englund’s story. He leaves his long-term partner in New Mexico and drives to San Francisco to begin again. In re-establishing his life, he has to deal with the past’s ghosts. I loved the writing, the characters, and the balance of plot and character development. Also, Ostlund does a great job of keeping to a fairly linear plot with interspersed flashbacks. I have only two small problems with this novel: there’s a passage that spells out the title (which is overkill), and Aaron has a moment that is too self-aware for a character, like meta-narration.

Gwenamon says: Pitch perfect

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