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the whole book is written in service of the ending. Great writing to keep you engaged while nothing happens at all. the detail he takes to describe the people and settings and mood is impressive. But the book didn't resonate with me. It's more of a study of middle age and your feelings of insignificance when you get to a point in your life where you have feelings of regret and wasted opportunities.
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I'm a truck driver from Texas and have made several deliveries to Dearborn,MI. Just like that of Hynes's narrative descriptive of Austin,TX...Dearborn caters to its Islamic community with traffic signs and billboards like Texas does with its Hispanic community. I was hooked with Hynes's style and skills with his craft. It commands readers read reading ...BLAH! ... reader's respect. There are as many mosques in Dearborn as you would expect to find churches in a one watertower Texas town...ANYWAYS.
I was hanging around till Stella surprised Kevin and readers by yelling out "NEXT!" calling him in for his interview and then Kevin would take the job and then they could ride out together into Texas sunset living happily ever after. Heck! I was waiting for the word "next" in the read anywhere. I am pleased that I wasn't disappointed it finally making its appearance.