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Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Floater by Sheryl Sorrentino

The Good. The first thing I noticed about this story was its organized, clean, and patient writing.

The Mmeh Okay. This 'patient writing' aspect was what pulled me into the folds of its loquacious sphere, even as I tried to connect with the values of 46-year old unmarried, childless Norma. She tried to explain herself, but it became tougher on each encounter, and there were many... the mother who could no longer help herself, the sister who couldn't help herself, the landlord w/benefits??... the law firm and its rounds of issues... the clients who needed help...and then Norma.

...Which was exactly what funneled into the Best Part. The Floater reads much like a soap opera. It is the perfect story to read a little each day, to see what is going to happen next. Is Norma going to pass the bar… get married… sue the company…own the company through settlement, or will Joe Blumburg, Jonathan, or someone or something else intervene and send her on another course? Oscar was one who really reeled me in...in part the intrigue that drew me to back to the story, a little each day. Certainly, very well written.

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