ARC: Marine Park: Stories by Mark Chiusano

18693720Marine Park: Stories
Mark Chiusano
Penguin Books July 29, 2014 
Pages 208
IBSN13: 9780143124603
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

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Reviewer: Melinda
Recommendation: 3/5

From Goodreads:
Marine Park—in the far reaches of Brooklyn, train-less and tourist-free—finds its literary chronicler in Mark Chiusano. Chiusano’s dazzling stories delve into family, boyhood, sports, drugs, love, and all the weird quirks of growing up in a tight-knit community on the edge of the city.

My Thoughts
Chiusano’s style makes this collection stimulating. His style is clean, simple with a sharp and precise edge. The content is sparse but vivid, writing style is nonconforming adding an uncommon feel to the stories and characters.

His collection describes a neighborhood, families, friends, relationship with sibling along with familial dynamics causing the reader to flashback to their own past and present. A rather average endeavor but you are left with a sense of extraordinary, his simplicity is attractive creating a certain complexity as a whole.

Enjoyable collection of interconnected short stories, looking forward to future works from Chiusano.

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