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Book Details

Title:   The Way Home
Author:   George Pelecanos
Times Read:   1
Last Read:   01.25.11

Other Books Read By This Author (16)
- The Big Blowdown
- The Cut
- Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go
- Drama City
- A Firing Offense
- Hard Revolution
- King Suckerman
- The Man Who Came Uptown
- The Martini Shot
- Nick's Trip
- The Night Gardener
- Shame the Devil
- Shoedog
- The Sweet Forever
- The Turnaround
- What it Was

Notes History
Date Read Note
01.25.11 I'm at the point now where a new Pelecanos book is a real treat to read. I've been waiting for this to come out in paperback and it went straight to the top of my reading queue. Something about his powerful straight-forward prose and uncomplicated lushly-characterd plot just breezes by. His books are a real joy to read at this point because no matter how deliberate the plot, there's a straight-forward comfort in the daily details he chooses to include and illuminating everyday actions from which the characters define themselves. With this book, the plot elements are actually the weakest parts of the book. A hidden stash of money in a floor is kinda familiar, but even then the way all the characters deal with it is pretty interesting. I like how even the not-particularly-protagonizing characters have some empathy thrown their way. Lawrence and Sonny and Wayne are all deeper than they have to be. The ending is a little unecessarily heart-wrenching but whatever, another great book. Probably not my absolute favorite (although my memories of The Turnaround have really grown) but still great and I'd probably still rank it above his Nick and Derek Strange trilogies.



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