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January 14, 2009


I've been looking forward to the new Kate Atkinson book (third in her recent quasi-mystery series) because the last two were so well plotted - AND had great characterization, dialogue, etc. In other words, I think you can have both. And there's a reason why "genre" fiction is so popular - people like a good story in which Stuff Happens. But of course mysteries, fantasy/sci-fi and romance can all be well-written ("transcends the genre" is the phrase that's always used, right?)

Ali Smith's "The Accidental" had both, too, for a non-genre-y example, though the plot is an old classic: "a stranger comes to town."

P.S. Haven't read anything by Mr. LaValle but he's on my list now...

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