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Posted May 26, 2005
'The Evil BB Chow and Other Stories', like all of Steve Almond¿s writing, is honest, explicit and hefty. Covering themes of unfulfilled longing, deep friendship, physical intimacy, and family ties, the stories in this book are about what connects people and what pulls them apart. The characters range across the cultural landscape of America¿Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass are portrayed, as are immigrants, graduate students, the young, the old, the eccentric, the marginal and the upwardly mobile. All of these characters are morally complex, hungry, flawed and memorable. I¿m also sold on 'The Evil BB Chow' because it so clearly pushes the use of language. It is commandingly well-crafted writing. The stories are infused with intensely beautiful visual descriptions; nearly poetry. This is a deeply satisfying book that continues to reward me after a second and third reading. Strange, gorgeous stuff.
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Posted November 4, 2009
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