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April 3, 2013

TT: Reading matter

Doug Ramsey, the noted jazz critic, blogger, and sometime novelist, announced on Monday that discounted copies of Poodie James, his first novel, are now on sale via his website. I praised the book when it came out in 2007:

Not only is it handsomely and lyrically written, but Ramsey's snapshots of small-town life circa 1948 are altogether convincing, and he has even brought off the immensely difficult trick of worming his way into the consciousness of a deaf person without betraying the slightest sense of strain....Ramsey is no less adept at sketching the constant tension between tolerance and suspicion that is part and parcel of the communal life of every small town. I grew up in a place not unlike the Washington town where Poodie James is set, and so can testify to the knowing skill with which it is portrayed here.

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Posted April 3, 2013 9:01 AM

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