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Day out of Days: Stories Day out of Days: Stories by Sam Shepard


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sam Shepard is probably much better known as an actor, but he is also a Pulitzer prize winning playwright and author. This book claims it is "stories," but it is actually a mix of stories, vignettes, and poems, many of them shorter than one page, many of them interconnected, though. As a result, it's the kind of book you pick up and put down a lot.

There is a lot of despair in these pieces. They are set along long stretches of highway or in abandoned or dying towns (several pieces are just named for their settings). Throughout, there is a sort of reverse American dream sentiment. These roads lead to nowhere but more heartache and glimpses of American or personal history that just add to the emotional devastation.

It may not sound like a good read, but the writing is strong, powerful, and honest. Recommended.

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