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The world Lynn Crawford creates in Simply Separate People is so bewitching and original she soon may find the Surgeon General classifying her work as dangerously addictive. While never neglecting human suffering, her characters, her stories, and her prose ultimately leave us rejoicing in possibilities that we never dreamed existed and that she makes deliciously true.
In the strange world Lynn Crawford imaginatively fashions, characters are like ideolects, especially the willful protagonist of Simply Separate People. She rushes along, measuring movements and encounters like a scientist. Life and literature, Crawford suggests, is an experiment; both need invention--new responses and language. Crawford's brave new novel is as fresh, weird, moving, and comic as it gets.