Tom Williams

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Another Review

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

The Mimic’s Own Voice gets some excellent company in this review: not only does the inimitable John Stazinski place me among such luminaries as Camus, Sartre and Ralph Ellison, the book shares the spotlight with Phong Nguyen’s Memory Sickness–a collection of stories so good, if you don’t own it already, what’s wrong with you?

In all seriousness, I keep seeing in the reviews an increased understanding of just what I thought I was up to when I wrote this novella. On one hand, the doubter in me is sure my methods must have been oh-so obvious; on the other hand, the believer in me wants to think that maybe, just maybe, I got it right this time.

To be sure, I’m still amazed that there’s a book out there with my name on it. One of my recurring dreams, probably since I started writing, is that I will open a book  I’ve “authored” and look inside to see nothing of my own on the page. In that way, I’m a lot like the protagonist of The Mimic’s Own Voice, Douglas Myles, in that I wonder just what of me is real and what is, as Mr. Stazinski says so well: “a pastiche of voices.”

Anyway, I’ve said enough. Check it out at Agni online: http://www.bu.edu/agni/reviews/online/2011/stazinski.html

 

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