A Year in the Life
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Published in: May-June 2011 issue.


Salt and Paper:  65 Candles by Janell MoonSalt and Paper:  65 Candles
by Janell Moon
RAW ArT Press.  186 pages, $15.


JANELL MOON’S latest novel is one of those books about which it’s easier to say what it isn’t than what it is. Salt and Paper: 65 Candles is presented as a journal, and it does have ascending dates as the year passes, offering a day-by-day record of Janell Moon’s 65th year—sort of. The record is written in scraps. These scraps are not geometrical, like a quilt, but a hodgepodge of words. They aren’t like poetry either, though some parts of the book are poetic insofar as they have an overarching metaphor such that each line advances toward a new insight, as in poetry. The rest are short paragraphs of narrative often structured with sentence fragments, interspersed with seemingly random words and phrases.

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