Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Magic is an amazingly well-made book. No tangent is wasted, no storyline is developed simply to prove that Russo can. Even the story within the story—a short piece that Griffin has been writing nearly his entire adult life—is telling and heartbreaking and abundantly alive. It is also constructed, and Russo shows us how, embedding ideas in with his tale:
Stories worked much the same way, Griffin thought, shoving "The Summer of the Brownings" back into his satchel. A false note at the beginning was much more costly than one nearer the end because early errors were part of the foundation.I loved this book, couldn't wait to get back to it even as chaos yearned to rule in my household. I loved the ease of its telling, the wealth of Russo's empathetic imagination, the kindness Russo ultimately showed to his characters. Russo made me laugh out loud. Not many writers do.