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Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work: Stories

by Jason Brown

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Good stuff by Jason Brown. ( )
  jimnicol | Sep 26, 2014 |
These stories are sometimes funny and pretty much always tragic and I loved them. Can't wait to get my hands on his first collection. ( )
  climbingtree | Jul 3, 2011 |
A collection of short stories taking place in Vaughn, Maine, a town so small that everyone knows everyone else and all their business. There's a real sense of community and the names of the townspeople weave into the various stories.
You won't find happy endings or even much happiness at all in these stories. They involve detachments from families,through death,trauma, generation gaps or sometimes just from not fitting in. The title story is unusual as it has a more sinister feel with a skanky pre-teen boy who knows a lot more about people than seems possible.
Though the stories here can be rather grim, the writing is fantastic. I'll definitely read more by Brown. ( )
  mstrust | Sep 16, 2010 |
This collection of eleven short stories is well written. That said, they began to blend together about half-way through the collection. All set in the town of Vaughn, Maine, and told by various inhabitants, they are uniformly downbeat in their resolutions. The whole of the stories reminded me somewhat of both Winesburg, Ohio and Edgar Lee Masters' poetic Spoon River Anthology, where the entirety of the stories (or poems) tells you the story of the town. While recommended for fans of either of those or similar works, these stories are not for everyone. ( )
  Prop2gether | Sep 14, 2009 |
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