Summary and Book Reviews
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Summary and book reviews of Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing by Lydia Peelle, plus links to an excerpt from Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing and a biography of Lydia Peelle.
My copy of
Lydia Peelle's debut collection,
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing,
is filled with bookmarks notating remarkable lines and passages, starting with
the first line of the first story: My father was eighteen when the mule
killers finally made it to his father's farm. Each story demands to be read
in one sitting, but you'll need a break in between to take in their often
surprising emotional heft; this is no lightweight collection, and Peelle knows
how to break hearts. In my favorite story, "Sweethearts of the Rodeo", the
narrator remembers the summer she and her best friend spent together as wily
stable girls - "the last summer, the last one before boys."
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