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GOING AWAY SHOES

Author: Jill McCorkle

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Publisher: Algonquin Books, 2009

Material: Galley

Summary: Dreams, wishes, family, and the events of everyday life can be found in each of these short stories. This is an anthology of short stories.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 11 and Up

Interest Level: 10 and Up

Reading Level: 5.2

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: It is hard to describe my reaction to this book in a word. Each story is very well written, but none of them wowed me. That said I kept "feeling" something between Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Pros: Thought-provoking, emotion-tugging stories will keep readers thinking about events and outcomes in each of the stories in this collection.

Cons: Nothing quantifiable. Just a feeling.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. These are exceptionally well-written stories. If you like deep, literary stories you will love these.

If You Liked This Book, Try: UP ALL NIGHT; A Short Story Collection   WISHES AND WONDER   ANY POSSIBLE OUTCOME: A BOOK OF URBAN TALES

Educational Themes: These are stories for personal enjoyment. You might discuss them in a literature class or book club.

Notes: The Reading Tub received an advance review copy from the publisher.

Literary Categories: Fiction - anthology, family, short stories, young adult, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2014

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and Reader Feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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