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Biloxi
Biloxi | Mary Miller
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Like her predecessors Ann Beattie and Raymond Carver, Mary Miller brings an essential voice to her generation. Building on her critically acclaimed novel, The Last Days of California, and her biting collection, Always Happy Hour, Miller slyly transports readers to her unapologetic corner of the South--this time, Biloxi, Mississippi, home to sixty-three-year-old Louis McDonald Jr. His wife of thirty-seven years left him, his father has passed--and he has impulsively retired from his job in anticipation of an inheritance check that may not come. In the meantime, he watches reality television, sips beer, and avoids his ex-wife and daughter. One day, he stops at a house advertising free dogs and meets overweight mixed-breed Layla. Unexpectedly, Louis takes her, and, newly invigorated, begins investigating local dog parks and buying extra bologna. Mining the absurdities of life with her signature "droll minimalist's-eye view of America" (Joyce Carol Oates), Mary Miller's Biloxi affirms her place in contemporary literature.
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ljuliel
Biloxi | Mary Miller
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ljuliel Just so so. 3 stars. Good enough to finish, but misses the mark somehow. 2w
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Flaneurette
Biloxi | Mary Miller
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Saturday morning porch reading and 82% done with current read. I‘m liking this book so far but it‘s not a favorite like Mary Miller‘s last book was for me. She writes women soo well and she‘s not quite as successful with a male pov. I do so love lonely older characters tho, it‘s kinda my jam lately

Melissa_J Lovely reading spot. 4w
Chelsea.Poole Beautiful scenery 📖 4w
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eedevore
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this. I hadn‘t heard of it and then it showed up in my mailbox from my mom because it does sound like exactly my kind of book: depressed man gets semi-weird dog, his life changes. But I just could not get into it. The characters are all weird, but not in an endearing way (even the dog isn‘t that lovable) in an uncomfortable way. There‘s stalking & drinking & driving & nobody changes but somehow it‘s supposed to be a happy ending.

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ReadingEnvy
Biloxi | Mary Miller
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Catching up on my eARC backlog (this one is from live right publishing via edelweiss, out May 21) - Biloxi is about 62 year old Louis, who is trying to figure out how to live after his wife left, his father died, and he "retires" from his job. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Louis reminds me of Ignatius J. Reilly (Confederacy of Dunces) if suddenly left to his own devices as an older man, but not in a funny way. He doesn't really know who he is without his roles with other people, he doesn't know how to take care of himself (but then gets a dog,) and he does a lot of things out habit that he doesn't even enjoy (watching Fox News seems to be one of these things.) ⤵️ 2mo
ReadingEnvy This is probably a realistic depiction of aging these days. I would have liked the perspectives of the other characters because they are obviously seeing that he needs looking after. I didn't find it to feel particularly southern the way it is described, maybe just not big city. 2mo
BethFishReads Shoot. I had this on my May list 2mo
ReadingEnvy @BethFishReads well I hope you at least try it...I feel like I'm missing it 2mo
BethFishReads @ReadingEnvy I will likely give it a try, but with lower expectations 2mo
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Well-ReadNeck
Biloxi | Mary Miller
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Mehso-so

Entertaining enough that I finished, but there is just no plot here. Lots of folks from my book club would love that but not my bag 😜 #24b4monday

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Liberty
Biloxi | Mary Miller
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Morning reading. ❤️📚❤️

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