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  1. What a great novel. The first 50 pages are harrowing to say the least. It just builds from there. There is a kernel to all her writing that takes me back to when I was a child in the 1980’s. Babysitters that were 7-10 years older than me would tell me stories about real people that had the aura of myths but were set against the reality, the strangeness and variety of modern America. There is a depth and skill to this work that guarantees it will be read for many years to come. I haven’t been this impressed with a book since “The Flamethrowers” or Franzen’s “Freedom” or maybe even Don Delillo’s “Underworld”…
    Added note; I totally disagree with this part of Dwight Garner’s review in the NYT; “ “The Mars Room” moves cautiously and slowly. It prowls rather than races.” No way, man…I read it in 3 days which is fast for me…every part of the book was riveting on many different levels.

  2. I’m just curious, Brenda. Are you on

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