Book summary: The Leaning Tower and Other Stories


Porter's nine stories focus on very different people in very diverse settings, including former slaves in rural post-bellum south, an urban Irish husband and wife, and a young American artist in Wiemar Berlin. Poverty, strife, and suffering are recurring themes. Porter's book is especially interesting to me because so much of the world she describes is gone. Reading these short stories engaged my imagination and lifted me out of 2011. Although this is a short book, one can't read it quickly---or at least I couldn't. The sentences often are long and the descriptions are rich; Porter also drops the reader into a scene, and to understand what's going on requires the reader to take time to consider the words.

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