by Dylan Hicks
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Boarded Windows must be appreciated as one of those debut novels that strike their own dizzy balance. It's a rock'n'roll story couched in Proustian delicacy, a Beat reconfiguring of the family that moves towards pomo deconstruction of any reliable relationship—and withal, a hybrid of highly pleasing shape. Indeed, this fiction derives in part from another medium, that of the folk song. Doesn't Bob Dylan (slyly alluded to here) insist that folk is about mystery, its details like glimpses between boarded windows? And isn't this Dylan (Hicks, the novel's author) also a singer-songwriter, with three well-received albums to his credit (and fourth will be released alongside this book)?
Accomplishment like that lies beyond the reach of the narrative's major players, though all define themselves, pitiably, by dreams of
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