Here’s a book by Harriet Doerr that I read this week, The Tiger in the Grass, Stories and other inventions, but I can’t  tell you if I liked it or not.  I’m still ruminating.  I think it’s really more about appreciating.  I did read it all  and  it was engaging.   The writing is spare but elegant, and though the settings are mostly quite ordinary,  there’s an exotic flavor running through each story and “invention” (as the title calls them), something that entices you to keep reading.   So, I think my praise is not for the stories themselves, but for the writing style and for the author’s obvious skill and craftsmanship.  (I’ll give it 31/2 bookmarks out of 5.)


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