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This Town Sleeps Audio CD – Unabridged, 3 March 2020
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About the Author
Kaipo Schwab is an actor, director, and producer who has worked at the Roundabout, the Public Theater, Second Stage, Hartford Stage, and Cincinnati Playhouse. Kaipo's film and television credits include Anesthesia, The Royal Tenenbaums, Law & Order, Rescue Me, and Orange Is the New Black. He lives in New York City.
- Publisher : HighBridge Audio; Unabridged edition (3 March 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1684578752
- ISBN-13 : 978-1684578757
- Dimensions : 16.26 x 2.79 x 13.46 cm
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There are many characters in the book, as it spans several generations and multiple present-day families, all of whom are connected. But only a few of these characters actually feel like real people. With so many characters and only a little over 200 pages of text (in big font and with wide spacing) everyone's story or history is just a couple pages. After a while it got hard to keep everyone straight or keep the facts straight, because it just felt like a list of random facts that I didn't really care about.
I was also disappointed by the lack of context or any real sense of place about life in a dying town on an Indian reservation or about modern day life as a Native American. Random tidbits sometimes felt pasted in as though the author were meeting a quota for number of Native American references. It didn't always feel like a natural part of the story, and I didn't really felt like I understood anymore what life was like there or how it feels to balance these old and new ways of life. Basically the author needs to show, not tell.
Finally, there are a lot of characters who struggle with addiction (alcohol, meth) and a lot of women raising children alone. Were the author not himself Native American it would have read like stereotype. I would have liked to have seen a more nuanced exploration or presentation of these issues. Life as a gay Native American isn't really explored at all, aside from very stereotypical sounding inner flagellation by one character about being manly.
I did love the magical realism elements, and the story overall was very original. I think with some polish and practice, the author has the potential to go far, and I do think this current work is worth reading.
would award it to the writer of this superb story.
I never really got into this one; all os the characters sound like the same person, to the point that I totally lost the thread of whatever plot there was.
No, no thanks.