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Carolyn SeeGrief is intractable, and it makes you crazy. Funny thing is: Life is intractable and it makes you crazy, too. All you can do is deal with it, or try to. A lot of "Torch" is funny -- funny as a crutch, as my dad used to say. Humans are so deeply irrational, so fiercely attached to the people and things they love, that nothing they do can be all that surprising. This novelist goes fearlessly into this place of raw grief and inappropriate lust and desperate love and simply reports what she sees: These are people who, along with their outdoor privies, stray moose and low-wattage radio stations, live dense, perplexing, fascinating and authentic lives.
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