Mining the Depths

I'll read almost anything and love what captures my imagination. Best of all is responding to books in the larger cultural sense, loving or loathsome. Literature should have a place in the wider world.

 

And I'm another GoodReads refugee. 

Exposed - Kimberly Marcus This is only the second novel in verse I've read, the other being Out of the Dust, so I'm not very familiar with the genre's conventions or even if there is a defined genre.Exposed did bring me to tears at a few points and at times vividly illustrated the fracturing of a forever-best relationship. Marcus brought to life the good times I had with my own 12-year-long best-friendship, so well, in fact, that I wished they could have somehow made it through. And she also brought to life the tensions in a family under unimaginable stress and Liz being trapped in an impossible situation, who bears no fault but can't simply choose.The first few poems didn't work well for me: they were a little too free for the verse part, just typical life without particularly strong images or especially vivid language, but they tighten up, become much more evocative with the emotional upheaval that makes up the main plot of the novel. It does happen occasionally after, but at that point you care so much for all of these characters, even the spaces of their lives matter.All in all, I definitely recommend a read--it hardly takes long, why not?

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