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The Painting of Porcupine City

The Painting of Porcupine City - Ben Monopoli

A couple years after reading this book, I'm not really sure what to make of it. I liked it. A lot. The characters are vivid and feel like someone you'd run into on the street or meet in the office. There's some unbelievable moments to be sure 

such as the whole pregnancy deal, not to mention the entire ending

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but the rest is rooted so much in reality I could more or less shrug those off. Okay, maybe not 

the ending so much. That's just ridiculous. But it's also hyperbole and it circles back around to the running theme throughout the book - the stories you tell yourself. Did Mateo ascend to heaven as a human paint blot test or did he fall into the icy cold waters below and drown? We know which one Fletcher wants to be true and that's the story we're given. Paint Day though is just head shake worthy. I did enjoy the scene of Fletcher in his publisher's office that lamp shaded all this.

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Anyway, it was a different take on the m/m genre than you get from nearly every other author out there, and it made for a refreshing read.