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With the personal insight of The Empathy Exams, the societal exposal of Nickel and Dimed, and the stylistic innovation and intensity of her own breakout debut novel, Binary Star, Sarah Gerard's Sunshine State uses the intimately personal to unearth the deep reservoirs of humanity buried in the corners of our world that are often hardest to face.
In the collection's title essay, Gerard volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a world-renowned bird refuge. There she meets its founder, who once modeled with a pelican on his arm for a Dewar's Scotch campaign but has since declined into a pit of fraud and madness. He becomes our embezzling protagonist whose tales about the birds he "rescues" never quite add up. Gerard's personal stories are no less eerie or poignant. An essay that begins as a look at Gerard's first relationship becomes a heart-wrenching exploration of acquaintance rape and consent. An account of intimate female friendship pivots midway through, morphing into a meditation on jealousy and class.
Sunshine State offers a unique look at Florida, a state whose economically and environmentally imperiled culture serves as a lens through which we can examine some of the most pressing issues haunting our nation.
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By JANE on 01-10-18
not about the sunshine state
What disappointed you about Sunshine State?
It is a whiny dialog by someone who believes herself to have omniscient powers of being able to read into other peoples minds. Poorly written and melodramatic.
What do you think your next listen will be?
I would read something that is at least related to the title.
Would you be willing to try another one of Madeleine Maby’s performances?
What character would you cut from Sunshine State?
The main character would have to go.
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