Perfect Description

from The Illumination
Kevin Brockmeier

He was discharged from the hospital on one of those stern late-winter afternoons when a low blanket of rain clouds had turned the sky the color of a blackboard coated with chalk dust.

The last time I encountered description this powerful and apposite was in Maaza Mengiste's Beneath the Lion's Gaze.  That gives me great hope for this book being powerful and beautiful.


Popular posts from this blog

Structures--Ulysses and Mrs. Dalloway

Another Queen of Night

Lewis Carroll and James Joyce