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In Excavation: A Memoir, the black and white of the standard victim/perpetrator stereotype gives way to unsettling grays. The present-day narrator reflects on the girl she once was, as well as the teacher and parent she has become. It's a beautifully written and powerful story of a woman reclaiming her whole heart.
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By Me & My Girls on 12-22-14
Too Much About Not Much
A long tedious walk through a teenage girl's flirtation and subsequent relationship with her eighth grade English teacher. Too many stories about drugged out weekends; too many phone calls to the totally inappropriate teacher Mr. Ivers; too many cigarettes smoked alone in her room. The focus of her affections is a not very appealing either by description of his looks or in the context of his character. The more compelling sequences in the book are always her interactions with someone other than Mr. Ivers. As for the narrator; she seemed unfamiliar with the pronunciation of a great many words; or maybe that's just me. The deep personal nature of the revelations made by the young woman as she matures both stirring and enlightening; unfortunately just not all that interesting when they become ceaselessly repetitive.
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By Lonlon on 07-30-16
A Coming Of Age Story Unlike One I've Ever Read
Would you consider the audio edition of Excavation to be better than the print version?
I've only read some pages on my kindle book in between audiobook listens. I always prefer to listen to stories when I have the opportunity to do so. Story telling is a lost art and I feel as though the female narrator could've actually been the author. That's how realistic her narration sounded. I was able to listen to this in one day. On the other hand, I thought Jeff's tone always sounded too youthful, but he was very immature in many senses so that maybe the reasoning behind the youthful tone in narrating him.
What did you like best about this story?
The best quality about this story, and others like it, is redemption. I immediately want to judge that her redemption story doesn't look quite like I hoped it would, but that would be ignorant & arrogant. Every journey to redemption or that place of peace from our darkest or most trying moment is different. Wendy was very vulnerable and very transparent with her readers in this book. That is what I appreciate the most about her writing. Sometimes we can be more vulnerable on pen than in person and sometimes it's not by choice. This is something Wendy had learned early on in her life and something that sadly maybe true still.
What about Bonne Kramer’s performance did you like?
She embodied Wendy in her performance. I never once felt as though someone was reading the story to me. I felt as if Wendy herself was telling me her story.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Bus Stop Wendy