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Sue HalpernWhat's different about Mattison's approach is that she has made the scaffolding invisible. Were it not for her author's note, the fact that items are deliberately shared across the stories - or that the number of stories is itself meaningful - would probably be lost on the reader. That the poetic contrivance needs to be pointed out makes it feel like an incantatory device, akin to the "prompts" writing instructors use to jump-start their students' imaginations. In this case, it's a prompt that Mattison (the author of seven previous works of fiction and one book of poetry, and an instructor at the Bennington Writing Seminars) has given herself. The result is a book filled with felicitous writing and ferocious insight.
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