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City by James Roy

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February 2013, no. 348
Laura Elvery reviews 'City' by James Roy

City

by James Roy

University of Queensland Press, $19.95 pb, 298 pp, 9780702249266

City by James Roy

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February 2013, no. 348

James Roy’s cover blurb suggests that ‘everyone has a story’. The awkward thing is that some are better than others. In his new book, young characters are linked by stories and poems that criss-cross an unnamed city. It acts as a companion piece to Roy’s successful Town (2007), which contained thirteen tales from regional New South Wales. In City, stories are told in first, second, and third person, in diverse settings ranging from sleazy nightclub strips to gleaming office blocks. It’s ambitious, but ends unevenly, with several stories unlikely to appeal to teenage readers.

Laura Elvery reviews 'City' by James Roy

City

by James Roy

University of Queensland Press, $19.95 pb, 298 pp, 9780702249266

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