"Sometimes it seemed to me that you had planned your own life, Lawrence, that you had sown it in rows like a field, so that later, in exactitude, it would appear before you. I wonder how much of what we knew about you in those years -- the years you moved so calmly through the world -- was an invention."
-- Blue River by Ethan Canin.
Ethan Canin is an excellent writer. But his debut novel suffers, as so many do, from trying too hard. Instead of telling a story, he strives for images. His words keep getting in the way of what he is trying to say.
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