Saturday, March 5, 2011

Later, at the Bar

(2007) by Rebecca Barry. A short story collection, a novel in stories. Set in a small town in upstate New York.  The characters are denizens of a neighborhood bar. This collection is all about characterization and I would recommend it to any aspiring writer and any creative writing class.

Later, at the Bar is what WInesburg, Ohio should have been. I remember reading Winesburg in college. I was greatly impressed. All of these supposedly dull, small town people fizzing over with emotion. I read it again years later and wondered what I had seen in it.

I'm sure Later, at the Bar will never suffer that fate. I was sorry when I came to the end. Rebecca Barry left me wanting more. I'm still wondering how she did it.

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