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Pieces for the Left Hand: Stories (edition 2009)

by J. Robert Lennon

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Title:Pieces for the Left Hand: Stories
Authors:J. Robert Lennon
Info:Graywolf Press (2009), Edition: Original, Paperback, 224 pages
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A pleasurable read, nothing pretentious or copy-cat about it though it could be argued I suppose that Lennon's voice wasn't thoroughly developed by my ears. I have no prior experience reading anything by J. Robert so I cannot compare this voice with any of his other ones, if he even has any. Nonetheless, terrific stories written rather mundanely, nothing flashy or extremely dark about them. Hard to say if many, if any, were all that believable, but the pleasure in reading them cannot be denied. I especially related to the anecdote "Fingers" on page 48 where he tells the story about a friend who as a child witnessed his father accidentally slipping on some boards in the basement while using a table saw resulting in the loss of two fingers. Turns out the story wasn't true even with the friend's vivid memory of it happening certainly for real. I have written about this sort of incident happening with me and my brothers when we get together and one of us recounts something that happened in our lives that none of us other brothers can recall either at all or remotely in the same way. ( )
  MSarki | Mar 31, 2013 |
I thought originally that this was a work of non-fiction. As such, I read the anecdotes thinking, God, is this guy cruel. As a work of fiction, I feel somewhat better. It is 'unsettlingly brilliant' as depicted by Time Out (London) and quick to read. The writing is taut and engaging. However, given the somewhat cruel nature depicted, I would be unlikely to want to read anything by Robert J. Lennon again. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Oct 7, 2009 |
This is a collection of 100 very short stories, mostly set in a small town in the North East. None of the stories is much more than a page long, and they are written in a conversational manner. Many of the topics are prosaic, but there is a lot hidden in the stark language and seemingly innocuous topics. Oddly enough, my favorite story was about traffic patterns in a house and the removal of a dining room table. ( )
  apartmentcarpet | Jul 29, 2009 |
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A collection of 100 short pieces-- some not even a page long-- full of subtle humor and surprising incidents. They are grouped into seven themes.

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