ArtSunday: Larissa Takes Flight, by Teresa Milbrodt – review

This book sounds very interesting. I’m not familiar with Milbrodt’s work, but after reading this, I’m thinking I should be.

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

In which we learn that saving the world is not so very different from selling shoes when one stops and thinks about it…

The always interesting Teresa Milbrodt’s latest story collection, Larissa Takes Flight, is what the publisher calls a “pastiche novel.” I know something about these having published a couple of my own,  so I feel relatively qualified to ramble on a little about this work in my own inimitable, if slightly eccentric style.

Larissa – and her adventures – cover two wide swaths of American culture: Milbrodt’s own special blend of the mundanity of  current American life with the epic (or, perhaps, mock-epic) and legendary which one writer colleague has called “Midwestern Mythic” as well as the author’s take on life as part of that sociological group we most often see referred to as “Gen X.”

The book is composed of a series of 58…

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