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The Best Place to Be: A Novel in Stories
by Lesley Dormen | Literature & Fiction
Registered by yourotherleft of Danville, Pennsylvania USA on 2/1/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by yourotherleft from Danville, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, February 01, 2007

6 out of 10

This collection of short stories sharing one narrator was at once insightful and impenetrable. Dormen follows her narrator, Grace Hanford, through her young life and into late middle age. While the occasional baffling run-on sentence or awkward metaphor describing something by comparing it to something even more obscure serve to unnecessarily complicate the narrative, Dormen’s surprising insight into one woman’s life experience is often strikingly and universally applicable. More than once, I found myself struck by her insight and able to relate to it completely, whether she was referring to talking to her college friends in code, admitting to a constant feeling of terror that needs to be masked, or describing arriving at that place between regret of the past and fear of the future that is, indeed, “the best place to be.”


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