Colonel Angus wrote:Irwin M. Fletcher wrote:Not a column, but has anyone else read Downtown Owl?
I just finished it. Klosterman continues to surprise me with his range. I was worried when IV had a fiction section, but I think it was my favorite part of the book. This one is more of the same. Those that have lived in small (tiny) towns are probably most likely to love it, but I never have and I really appreciated what it did just the same.
Not a super fan of the ending, but it works in one way or another. Kinda seems like he didn't know how to finish what he'd started, but who knows - that might have been his plan all along.
I think people around here consider me the big Klosterman fan, but I haven't read it yet. Fiction just doesn't interest me that much. I am sure I will read it eventually, but I have a long list of books I am currently trying to make my way through so Downtown Owl hasn't hit my radar yet. I read a couple of excerpts and it looked OK...
Strange unrelated Klosterman story: This summer I took Killing Yourself to Live on a plane for a light read because I hadn't read it since it was published in hardcover. As I read the part where he went to Nashville to hang out with his "foxy" (I think that's the word he used) lawyer, it began to occur to me that she sounded like someone I know. I kept reading and it became more and more clear to me, plus I remembered that the girl I know is originally from Klosterman's home state of North Dakota. So I flipped to the back to the acknowledgments section, and sure enough, the Nashville attorney I know was listed. When I got back in town I sent her an e-mail and she told me that he is a good friend of hers. Weird, small world.
So...is she foxy?