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August 31, 2015

Review: Natives in Exile by Dirk Harman #MondayBlogs

by Elisabeth Scherer


cover Natives in Exile
Every small town has memorable characters.  That is exactly what you get when reading Natives in Exile by Dirk Harman. A collection of short stories starring a variety of characters from a dwindling town off of route 66.

When I first was given the book to review I was intrigued by the idea of the ghost town setting. Being a mom of a 4 year old boy I have watched the movie Cars hundreds of times and the book seemed to me like a human version of Radiator Springs.

I liked a few things about this book. First, I really enjoyed how the author Dirk Harman described the settings. It was very much like an artist painting a picture. I love when an author can write something that makes you feel like you are walking the streets of the world they create.

He also does a great job weaving the characters into the other stories as background characters and supporting characters. It helped me, as the reader, get the sense of the small town community. I felt the small town setting came across as authentic.

The only thing that really bothered me was the last story and it wasn’t the character or the wrap up. It was a few run on sentences that made the story hard to read. I stumbled a few times before finally getting through that particular story.

Lastly, I liked that little piece of America that Dirk Harman shows in this novel. It made me wonder what other gems of stories are out in the middle of no where in our country. I would recommend Natives in Exile for people looking for a touch of small town life that seems almost like a different time and place than the modern world.

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Book info:
available formats: ebook and print (184 pages)
published: August 2015 by iCrew Digital Productions
ISBN13: 978-0692494585
genres: Literary Fiction, Native Americans
source: publisher
read: August 2015



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