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Spectacle

Author: Susan Steinberg
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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One of the nice things about Spectacle is that it’s not experimental in any silly ways. For instance, the page layout is normal. The spacing isn’t unusual.

No, what makes Susan Steinberg’s story collection so refreshing is how concentrated the prose feels. Every sentence feels loaded, almost like a line of poetry. The stories in her collection, all narrated by women, draw on a mix of events both small and large, from plane crashes to vandalism, to get at the kinds of emotions that leave the characters shaking. —Ross Scarano

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