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Battleborn

af Claire Vaye Watkins

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A debut collection of ten short works reimagines the mythology of the American West and includes stories of a foreigner's arrival at a prostitution ranch, a hermit's attempt to rescue an abused teen, and a woman's role in a friend's degrading Vegas encounter.
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Despite the fact that the book received many awards, for me the collection overall is weak. The first story exploits her notorious background as the daughter of a member of Charles Manson's group, and many others follow overly familiar forms and themes. I've just heard about her essay "On Pandering" that says the book was written for the white male establishment; maybe that's what was off for me. Interesting to see if her writing develops. ( )
  erikasolberg770 | Nov 9, 2020 |
These stories are as brutal as that dessert sun that kills or almost kills more than one character in the collection. But most of the characters don't need much to live on. They're tough and hardened by unspeakable experiences, and generally find a way to move forward or at least survive. An upsetting book but definitely recommended. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
This was my review 3 years ago. Maybe I'll think more highly of it if I read it again:

I liked the first two stories very much. The first was all the more amazing given that it was semi-autobiographical. The second I consider a horror story, well done. The rest were good -- Watkins is always good -- but it just seemed like she only wanted to beat the same "life's a bummer" note to death with each successive story; a sprinkle of redemption here an there, but overall it got tiring.
  rmlrml | May 5, 2020 |
I did not and could not finish this book. The rating is based on the parts I did suffer through.

Brattleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins is a collection of 10 short stories. Generally, I like short stories as they can be read in short time spans, usually offer very innovative writing and test the skill of the author in creating the story.

Battleborn received many 4 and 5 star reviews on goodreads.com. It has high praise from other writers and respected publications. Nevertheless, all of these were like a stranger offering candy to a child before kidnapping him. The child has been repeatedly warned and taught to refuse the candy, scream like hell, and run like the wind.
Unfortunately, I am not a child and I took the bait.
I give any book with good writing 50 pages before I turn away from it. The first 50 pages of this book included about 3 1/2 stories, none with a point, all with indecipherable and obtuse "plots," all with unlikeable characters, unlikable things, strange situations and no particular storyline. I can only offer deep-felt sympathy to a young writer with such bitter, unhappy and negative views of the world, hoping that her fiction does not reflect her own personal views of life.
After 50 pages, I had to decide what is worse: finishing this dive into depression or watching videos of Republicans saying supportive things about Trump, but “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” still leaves you damned.
I do have something positive to say: Never have I delivered a book to my trash bin with such glee, understanding once again that finishing something that you are not enjoying just because you paid real money for it only makes the wasted money a more pathetic loss.
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  Paul-the-well-read | Apr 18, 2020 |
Mostly set around Reno. Lots of video poker, a generous smattering of unwelcome pregnancies and a fair old amount of gold prospecting. Not terrible, but hardly comparable with Cormac McCarthy as the cover quote claimed. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
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