A NOVELLA ALERT (03/17/2012)

I recently received a comment from a reader raving about a novella called TRAIN DREAMS by Denis Johnson. Johnson is a National Book Award winner (Tree of Smoke 2007.) so I immediately was on the alert. My friend called it "a classic American myth, a gorgeous, rich book."

TRAIN DREAMS is set in the 1920's in the logging camps and train stations of Idaho and tells the tale of a logger and his personal defeats. It's been called "a book that packs a wallop written in simple language with arresting details."

Only 128 pages, a "must read."

Note: Personally I'm not a fan of depressing books, but the beauty of the prose and a gripping story often make it worthwhile. (Maybe I'll have a cocktail first...)

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