The Great Love Ambush

The Great Love Ambush by Vanessa Blakeslee By thirty-five I had figured out two things about myself for sure—that I am the type of person, bluntly honest and eccentric, who requires getting to know slowly, over months, before a romance has any chance of succeeding, and secondly, that I needed to stop chasing, stop obsessing, stop pining after the clever, charismatic men with whom I’d always felt instant sparks. The latest had been an impressionable debut novelist I’d met at […]

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Belief and Betrayal: A Review of Vanessa Blakeslee’s “Train Shots”

Train Shots by Vanessa Blakeslee (Burrow Press, 145 p.) About halfway through “Welcome, Lost Dogs,” one of the eleven stories that make up Vanessa Blakeslee’s fine debut collection, Train Shots, a woman, after receiving a telephone tip, drives to a ramshackle Costa Rican town to retrieve a handful of dogs recently stolen from her property. She brings along one of her maids, as well as a firearm. Their destination is a dirty, graffiti covered soda; the area is riddled with […]

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