Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Ugly to Start With by John Michael Cummings
Publisher: Vandalia Press
Publish Date: October 1, 2011
This is a collection of short stories about a poor teen growing up in a dysfunctional family in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1970's.
At first I was confused as the stories seem disjointed. Once I realized that they are instances frozen in time, it made more sense. They each showed an aspect of the main characters life. There is quite a bit of swearing and sexual situations - heterosexual and homosexual. The characters were interesting, but I really didn't find any of them likable. I think that if they were all joined together in a 'regular story', I would have liked them better.
The writing was the best part of the stories, Mr. Cummings style is bleak but beautiful. His imagery is amazing. I think that I'll look for other things by him to see how I like them.
Posted by Dawn at 6/13/2012