Review: The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein

The Fallback Plan
by Leigh Stein
Rating: ***
Date read 9/19/2013

I heard about Stein through a link someone posted to Facebook about modern poets to watch. My library didn’t have any of her poetry, but did have this slight, engaging novel. While I adored the homage to many favorite children’s books, I failed to identify with the 20-something, living at home angst. Stein is clearly in love with words and images, and it seems to me that her poetry somehow peeks through her prose. The plot is sort of plotless and meandering, like the 20-something protagonist. I suspect that I’m going to like her poetry better than I liked this book.

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