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Shriver, Lionel.
Shriver's collection of two novellas and several short stories are unafraid to take on the cultural norms of the times. In Property, the stories revolve around the theme of ownership and the effect things have on our lives. In some ways she takes some easy shots: In "Domestic Terrorism", the "terrorist" is a young millennial who refuses to move out of his parents home. It is sharp and funny though, in its satire. The two novellas are sharply drawn, full of wit and sarcasm. And as Shriver has made clear in several interviews, she rejects much of what we call "identity" politics, and her politics are all over these stories. She is then, an author who answers to no one but herself. Joyce Carol Oates should be proud.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)