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Cleanness by Garth Greenwell

Cleanness

Garth Greenwell

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Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 14 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9780374124588
5 stars out of 5
3 Jan 2020

"everyday intimacy is so well wrought that it can feel unbearable to read"

Greenwell is a master of precision: everyday intimacy is so well wrought that it can feel unbearable to read, as if he cuts too close to the skin. A book’s greatest achievement is often seen as the moment when the reader recognises a part of themselves that they hadn’t yet verbalised. Greenwell’s writing achieves this effortlessly, but in Cleanness he gives something more. In the warmth that rises through his prose there is a poignant optimism. It leaves the reader with the hope that it might spread.

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