Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow, if I'd taken a precious few different turns in life, I might have ended up exactly like the protagonist of this story, Ben. Definitely hit close to home.
This may be the first time, though, that I've come across a protagonist I didn't like. And I've read lots and lots of Carver (with whose work Tomine's is often compared). Yes, the ending of Ben's story is open to interpretation, but to me it's pretty clear. Based on what I read, what Ben sees at the end is what he has and maybe all he'll ever have.
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