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Review: Buster Midnight's Cafe by Sandra Dallas

# Of book read so far this year: 20
Title: Buster Midnight’s Cafe
Author: Sandra Dallas
Year Published: 1990
Rating (1-10): 9
Date Finished: 05/29/09
Genre: Fiction,
# Of pages: 277
Where did the book come from: Kindle (paper version was purchased from a friend)

Blurb: From Publishers Weekly
Narrator Effa Commander's rollicking reminiscences about movie star Marion Street and her devoted lover, champion boxer Buster Midnight, are recounted in a sharp and snappy voice that captures the reader's interest on the very first page of this amusing novel. Effa Commander and lifelong friend Whippy Bird shared childhood, adolescence, Prohibition and many other experiences with Marion and Buster in their hometown of Butte, Mont. They also know much more about the Hollywood scandal called the "Love Triangle Murder" than ever got into the papers, and Effa Commander has decided to vindicate her friends' misrepresented lives. Dallas's first novel depicts a remarkable cluster of enduring friendships that may strike the modern urban reader as implausible, but accurately reflect the flavor of a small town and its inbred relationships. If the denouement seems predictable, Dallas, whose work calls to mind Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe, is nonetheless a stylist to be reckoned with.

My Comments: This book was fun to read! It reads like a memoir, but it is a novel (fiction) that spans many years in the lives of three main characters, called “The Unholy Three.” It also follows a prize fighter who loves one of the “three.” I love the historical aspect of this book, and it made me feel like I was really there. It does reflect the flavor of a small town very well – news always travels fast, especially bad news, in a small town. I love Sandra Dallas’ style of writing, and this book doesn’t stray from that style. I didn’t find it quite as predictable as the above review states, but regardless, it is a fun journey. I won’t easily forget this tale, nor will I forget Effa Commander or Whippy Bird.

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