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Sap Rising by Christine Lincoln

Sap Rising

by Christine Lincoln

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The first part of the book, seemed interesting, but then I completely lost track. Events in the final chapter precede many events in the rest of the book. This deliberately muddled structure reminded me immediately of Tony Morrison's "Beloved".

This complicated structure weakens the plot (what is the plot?). Some beautiful descriptions, but altogether rather disappointing. ( )
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In her debut collection, Sap Rising, Christine Lincoln gives us 12 linked stories of life among the black folk of Grandville, a small town in the rural South. Her characters are drawn to the city, but once there, they want to return to the country. Likewise, her prose pulls back and forth: a stark minimalism of form plays against a lush lyricism that reads at times like Southern-fried magical realism. In the opening story, "Bug Juice," young Sonny sneaks out of his bed and glimpses a wider world when his uncle brings a magnificent enchantress to visit from the city. The boy and the woman sit outside on the porch in the dark together, and Sonny comes to a strange new understanding of his own blackness. The whole town, it seems, dreams of escape--from the country, from poverty, from racism, from life itself and all its failures. --Claire Dederer

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"In this work of fiction, Christine Lincoln takes us inside the hearts and minds of African Americans whose lives unfold against a vividly evoked Southern rural landscape. As they navigate between the old and the new, between youth and adulthood, they find themselves choosing between the comforts of what they trust unquestioningly and the fearsome excitements of what they might come to know." "An abandoned seven-year-old girl living inside a fantasy of invisibility...a young woman weighing the life she's expected to want against the freedom that will transport her to the unexpected...a boy whose world is both expanded and contracted by stories he hears from a beautiful stranger - the characters who inhabit this profoundly moving collection are brought to life with a remarkably light touch and an extraordinary depth of insight and emotion."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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