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Steven Gillis

 

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This summary can't convey the pleasures of Gillis's style. Walter tells his story with a smart-alecky tone that doesn't change until his life is shattered. Then his words become more tentative. There are lapses in Walter Falls that a creative writing workshop may have prevented — a few sentences might have been fixed, a couple characters more completely developed — but no one could have taught Gillis the urgency and passion behind this novel. Walter Falls feels like a book its author had to write, and because of that it is a pleasure to read.

Steven Gillis reads from his novel at Shaman Drum Bookshop on Friday, June 13.    (end of article)

[Originally published in June, 2003.]

 

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