Julia Greene, Columbia College Chicago
Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, which features a very unusual living arrangement, makes the case for the genre as possessing real emotional depth.
Written on a prison typewriter, the novel tells the story of a young man who falls in love, joins the war and robs banks to pay for heroin — a tale not unlike the author’s own life.
Framed as a series of letters to her daughters, the star comedian uses her book to explore life experiences, inequality and her culture with her trademark vulgar hilarity.
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