George V. Reilly

Review: Coronado

Coronado
Title: Coronado
Author: Dennis Lehane
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 232
Keywords: fiction
Reading period: 12 January, 2008

A collection of short stories and a play, all char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly dark. Tales of fucked-up lives, tales of people with shitty pasts and no futures, tales of revenge.

Lehane writes bril­liant­ly. His spare de­scrip­tion, his dialogue brings the characters to life on the page.

The play, "Coronado", is adapted from an earlier short story, "Until Gwen" — also part of this collection. The repetition does not feel redundant. The play fleshes out the short story, telling it in a different manner.

Rec­om­mend­ed, but depressing.

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