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January 30, 2014

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I believe Green does an excellent job of conveying the emotions of the characters through each story, offering a truly unique “voice” for each one. With a collection of single-author stories, there is always the danger that the characters won’t be different enough to be distinguishable.

However, Green manages to avoid that pitfall, spinning original tales that feature characters that could be based on real people in many towns across America. It was easy to connect with many of the characters because they could have been a number of the people I know.

I won’t spoil the details of any of the stories because they are all so short, but they cover a wide range of subjects and emotions. There is a story for almost any mood in a convenient single-serving size. This would be a fabulous book to take on a road trip or to the beach.

From speaking to Green, I know one or two of the characters were based on people he knew while living in Greensburg, which added another level of interest for me, as curiosity led me to try to identify anyone that sounded familiar. It was an impossible task because Green makes his characters so very real, so human that they truly could be anyone, in any city.

Dirtyville Rhapsodies was an enjoyable read for me. It is a collection I am happy to have in paperback and one that will grace my shelves for years to come, offering many enjoyable re-reads. Green’s unique way of describing everyday situations brings the stories to life in a way that is worthy of revisiting.

I’ve loaned this book to several people and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fiction and is looking for a quick read.

I give Dirtyville Rhapsodies 5 Apples

Rating Scale

5 Apples- Great book, would recommend to others; 4 Apples- Some issues, but still a good book and would recommend; 3 Apples- Frequent issues, worth reading once but wouldn’t revisit; 2 Apples- Did not enjoy, but managed to finish. Would not recommend; Wormy Apple- Did not finish, don’t waste your time.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004; amanda.browning@greensburgdailynews.com

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