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  • Pulp and Paper

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Josh Rolnick
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    "I glanced out the window as my train pulled into the station and saw the girl who killed my son." So begins Josh Rolnick's powerful debut collection of eight stories, which utilizes a richly focused narrative style accenting the unavoidable tragedies of life while revealing the grace and dignity with which people learn to deal with them. The stories - four set in New Jersey and four in New York - span the wide geographic tapestry of the area and demonstrate the interconnectedness of both the neighboring states and the residents who inhabit them.

    Mangosta says: "Bitter and Sweet"
    ""Portraits in Prose""
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    Would you listen to Pulp and Paper again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to P&P repeatedly because the characters are developed with such beautiful subtlety, each unfurling throughout its story. I imagine listening repeatedly would lend itself to even greater empathy as the characters we come to appreciate, encounter circumstances that challenge them to overcome the things we, as readers, most fear. "Funnyboy," especially, is challenging and fulfilling; asking each of us to consider justifying our commitment to self-righteousness versus its consequences - to others as well as ourselves.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Taft of "Innkeeping" is such a lovely character and his voice and observations are so well developed. Rolnick has given the character a keen sense of observation without over-expanding his maturity. He is both man, and boy, but the author refrains from extracting too much from him. Excellent, really.


    Any additional comments?

    Fass' narration brings the characters and the stories together in a Donald-Sutherland-esque way - the cadence and characterization effectively enhancing the storytelling, where another voice may have been distracting. He moves comfortably between character lines and narration and effectively conveys visual elements of the stories to the listener while fully delivering the complex richness of what is happening within.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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