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'Normal People Don't Live Like This' by Dylan Landis

'Normal People Don't Live Like This' by Dylan Landis

Normal People Don't Live Like This Dylan Landis Persea: 182 pp., $15 paper The power of a girl -- so large, so threatening that civilizations build their religions and bureaucracies, their rules and regulations, their apples and snakes and burkas around it. Creating a girl on paper, a mere character, could it be anything like raising one? Knowing one? Having once been one? No. No. No. Dylan Landis has a gift for creating characters. Her first book of fiction, "Normal People Don't Live Like This," revolves around Leah Levinson, a teenage girl in 1970s Manhattan, and it is in her character details that the writing comes to life. Of Helen, Leah's anorexic mother,...

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