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Very entertaining Steven Kearney has written thousands of pages of poetry short stories and some of the longest novels in the history of the form None of them were published So when the small town of Creede CO asks him to write a play for their historical society s extravaganza he moves from New York to ColoradoUnfortunately his arrival coincides with egional politicalenvironmental upheaval and while he struggles with his own doubts about his artistic abilities he meets a woman he falls in love with and he is swept up in the confrontation of man vs nature the nature of man man s ights to nature and is caught between the opposing forces determined to impose their ule on a land ich in history and beautyThere is lots of humor here The characters are ich and varied and McLarty explores the connection between art man nature and the difficulty in finding the harmony between them Like his first book The Memory of Running McLarty has a way of making you laugh and then wanting to cry at his characters predicaments Well worth the ead This one was hard for me to get into The beginning to me felt disjointed and hard to follow Once I got further into it the story started to make sense I didn t care for the Sheriff Petey character and his constant eferences to his dead partner They arely added any value Art in America carried a few too many pastel colors for me I ead the Memory of Running or ather listened to it via audio books and fell in love with it I purchased Art in America because I wanted to ead by this author to see if his same creative writing style emained but it fell a bit short for me Art in America is story of Steven Kearney who is an overweight man who doubts his abilities talents and self worth hmmm sounds like Memory of Running He takes on a momentous job of writing and directing a play about the history of a town to be played by the townspeople There are some colorful characters my favorite being the most elderly couple Ticky and Minnie Lettgobut I just felt I could never eally connect with any of them Throughout the book I just kept feeling like I had ead a similar story that was leading in a similar direction and in the end had a similar closure as something I had ead before I think it was the author s other book The Memory of Running Needless to say I was a bit disappointed that I spent as much time as I did to ead basically the same story but in a different setting Oh well I can t say I didn t give the author a chance Be eady to settle in and watch a master juggler at work Art In America has storyline after storyline after storyline As you ead you can feel the storylines starting to cross and converge until the author manages to pull them all together at a completely satisfying endI don t think it s possible for McLarty to write simple I picture him at his desk with five different computer screens The screen in the middle the overall story The two to either side the storylines McLarty s sweeping gaze draws them all togetherI even ended up liking the bad guys in the bookThat s all I m going to say Other than ead it The book is incredible I thoroughly enjoyed McLarty s first book Memory of Running and wanted to explore him again This one frankly was not as good but it is good enough to finish It is about an East Coast struggling playwrite who has an. A funny and heartwarming novel about a down on his luck writer who finally finds success and love Steven Kearney is a bumbling overweight writer who has produced thousands of pages of novels plays and poemsnot a single one of which has ever been published After being thrown out of his Manhattan apartment Kearney is offered a position as playwright in esidence for three months at the Creede Historical So.
Opportunity to be an artist in esidence in a small Colorado town to write a play of its history He steps into a major conflict one so big it makes national news Can art bring the divided town back together againAt times this book grated on my nerves its way of omanticizing small town wisdom and aw shucks simplicity while vilifying artists and intellectuals seems to be bending over backwards to appeal to a certain audience The main conflict was not believable in how it became national news because it was not all that interesting However this book did have some endearing characters and it moved fast enough to help you forget the implausibilities I had listened to two audioooks by this author and eally liked both The author narrated the books himself and I thought he had a very pleasing voice and eading style I had wondered if that made me enjoy the books than if I had ead them myself After eading this book for myself I can say that I still eally enjoyed it even if it might have been slightly enjoyable having the author ead it to meThe book starts with the uirky lead character un produced playwrite Stephen Kearney living in NYC with his lesbian best friend and acting teacher Roarke Soon Stephen is asked to move to Creed CO and write a historical play about the town In Colorado we e introduced to a whole cast of eccentric characters including Cowboy Bob the esident cowboy poet and town sheriff Petey Myers a ecent transplant from Boston who often has conversations with his dead partner There are many different story lines going on at the same time tooInitially I wondered if this was all too much to keep track of and a little over the top I do feel like some of the minor characters could have been cut without losing anything but I found myself eally warming up to many of the characters and eally caring about seeing their stories esolved I especially came to appreciate the playwrite Stephen and was happy to see his story end well I have ead two other book by this author so I was eally looking forward to this one but I have to give it up as a DNF Main character Steven Kearney is a playwrightauthorpoet who has a stack of never published manuscripts averaging close to 2000 pages for each title We meet him just when his girlfriend is moving out with most of his stuff and all of his money and he gets evicted practically at the same moment for not paying ent he was giving cash to the girlfriend who was supposed to be giving it to the landlord I wanted to know what happened to get him from this point to Colorado but a I love Ron McLarty and I enjoyed this book but as some other eviewers mentioned the amount of profanity was I thought excessive and I was getting VERY tired of one particular character the dead one to the point that several times I eally wanted to just stop listening I listened to the audio book version It made me feel very frustratedRon McLarty does a great job of eading his own work and I love the every man characters that he creates I just think this one went a little too far overboard as far as language and the constant presence of the sheriff s dead partner I was all over the place with this book At first I didn t like it then I did and then I didn t again If nothing else my experience tells me Art in America is too longMcLarty proved himself to be Ciety in Colorado who want him to write and direct a historical play about the town When Kearney arrives all hell breaks loose A dispute between an elderly landowner Ticky Lettgo and a young man named Red Fields escalates into a battle that pits local anchers against a fringe anti property group Town sheriff Petey Meyers still haunted by the death of his police partner tries to keep the peace As the nat.
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Capable writer and storyteller Somehow I felt like his plot was part of his shortcomings He had events which worked well together to tell a story but they felt bulky and on the frontline of the novel To use a sports analogy I like a game where the efs emain in the background and let the athletes playI guess another eason I was miluetoast on the plot was that it felt as if it were merely a eason for the characters to exist I m down with that Sometimes you don t need a solid plot if you have great characters but that was just it for me in McLarty s work I felt like he was in love with the characters than I was I like and espect that in an author It just didn t work for me I could not uite buy into some of the main characters I never fell for Stephen or bought into the picture him as a lovable ne er do well or chump or galoot He seemed kind of papery thin and never eally there although the author obviously lovingly crafted him The other character I had problems with was the sheriff Petey I never embraced him either The way McLarty wielded his personality to his old partner s persona failed for me and instead of making the character eal he seemed enigmatic and scriptedThe characters I did enjoy were Cowboy Bob who added a great amount of comic elief with his doggerel and swag The character of Sandy was sharply drawn and compelling but at a certain point she lost me because of her shallow nature and her deep misanthropy One of Stephen s downfalls was the length of his works and I think this is a problem for McLarty too After all the build up for the play and the evelations of plot and character McLarty asks his eader to stick around for the staging of the play Frankly I was done with the whole Art in America thing by the time the curtain went up I started eading it but found myself skimming and then I closed the book In essence I pulled the curtain on Stephen s masterpiece I felt kind of bad for doing it to the guy but there it isWould I ead another book by McLarty Maybe if I were stuck in an airport or on a long flight but I don t think I will seek him out as an author I found the novel browsing a library shelf in the first place Art in America wasn t bad but its length weighed heavily on me I started this book once before and put in down because of the great amount of swearing This time I stuck with it and got pass to find a sweet and funny sentimental story The nominal hero is a writer who hasn t never been published who is hired by the Historical Society of a small town out Westto write and produce a play presenting the town s history But several characters among them the Sherrif and a Rancher are fully developedand their story line was as important to me as that of the writer I believe it is because the outcome of writer Steve s story and omance is clear early on in the book doesn who was Boston Cop and left to take this job in a uiet small town after his partner Reedy is shot and killed is always uoting Reedy and asking himself what would ReedSteve the Sheriff and the ancher streams of conscience are what endeared the characters to me While the charcters are almost simplelist I found myself interesed and wanting to find out what happens to them Once into the story I never wanted to not finish it Give it a chance if you like cozy mysteries and the Jan Karon serie. Ional media descends on the town the most extreme member of the activist group initiates a diabolical plan that could sabotage everything Amid all the tumult Kearney pens a play that brilliantly captures the history of the town In the process he ealizes hes too old to keep beating up on himself and finds lasting love With its lively characters and spellbinding pace Ron McLartys new novel is sure to plea.
A native of East Providence RI—Ron McLarty is a veteran actor accomplished playwright prolific audiobook narrator and acclaimed novelistMcLarty is also noted for his body of work as one of the country’s leading audiobook narrators having done over 100 titles including the narration of books authored by Stephen King Danielle Steel Richard Russo El Leonard Ed McBain David Baldacci and S