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Venable Park

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    a gem!

    this book met my two main criteria for a satisfying read: 1) i was hooked in the first few pages and 2) i cared enough about the main character that i was sad when my time with him ended. mostly i read memoirs these days because of i enjoy the immediacy and intimacy they offer. while venable park is fiction, it satisfies in the way that a good memoir does. and if that weren't enough, it also offers a glimpse of a bygone time and place which, regrettably, few writers of historical fiction have considered. i really felt transported. kudos to flynn for scratching so many itches with one little book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    Great fictional memoir!!

    Although Henry Dawson didn't exist, by the end of Venable Park, I wasn't so sure. A top-notch fictional memoir, VP's trustworthy characters sweat, struggle and do their best to thwart first the Kaiser, then daily troubles of the more common variety: menial jobs, prejudice and - during Prohibition - flowing booze. Nice transition to fiction for Flynn.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Passed this novel around to my book group pals, and everyone gav

    Passed this novel around to my book group pals, and everyone gave it a thumbs up. Thoughtful and easy to read; perfect for moms on the go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    why don't more people know about this?

    The story is a funny paradox: both calm and calming in the telling, yet provocative in the ideas. I will buy the Nook version for my husband. I've passed along the paperback to several friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2011

    Nicely done

    I really enjoyed this book, especially the "voice" given to Henry by the author - it had an authentic quality.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Wonderful, surprising book

    Venable Park is a beautiful book. It is a vividly visual book--every time I opened the pages, I found myself transported into post-WWI Baltimore, seeing the world in which Flynn's fictional protagonist lived as though with my own eyes. And that character, Henry Dawson, snuck up on me. I cared about him before I realized I was even getting to know him, and as the book went along I felt I knew him well indeed. I was hooked long before I realized the book had some important things to say, which made it's messages all the more compelling. If you love historical fiction--and even if you don't--pick up this book.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    snow storm sanity saver

    Just read this gem during a storm. Passed it on to my teenage son. Loved it!

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