Tangled Up in Blue is LL Brown’s first novel. She has made a living waitressing, inventorying frozen foods, selling costume jewelry, and building mobile homes. She finally settled on teaching English to high school students, an infinite source of wonder and good material. She previously published a short story, “Sifting Out the Hearts of Men,” in the anthology Best of All Flesh. Her second book, Big Two-Hearted Driveway: a Novel in Stories, will be published this fall.
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Tangled Up in Blue
by LL Brown
A strange and secretive couple move into Simon Hills just as sixteen-year-old Jackie struggles with her best friend Isabel's newly self-destructive behavior. Isabel's family was fractured years before by the disappearance of her older sister, and the secrets of both families will disrupt the placid surface of the neighborhood, with frightening implications for everyone involved.
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What Happened in Fool the Eye
on Sep. 30, 2010
This is a charming book with a lot of layers. On the surface, it seems to be a bildungsroman, about a high school boy who ponders his fate in the face of the Vietnam War. It is also a rumination on fear of the other, family, and the meaning of life. I wish I could tell you about the ending so you would be driven to read this book. Suffice it to say it took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. The whole book jumped to a deeper level of meaning when I read the last page. Great book. Highly recommended.