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Reading detective

One of the things that I like best about obsessively reading a given author is seeing the patterns in her or his work. For example, John Irving clearly knew someone who SPOKE IN CAPITALS; someone with a red car; knew a formidable, large, angry girl who grew into a terrifying, disinterested, and beaten woman. He is interested in amputation and disfigurement, strong women, medicine, and New England. I feel like a little detective finding the OWEN MEANYs and Pooh Percys.

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