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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!, Aug. 3 2012
This review is from: One Good Hustle (Paperback)
Billie Livingston's work always reminds me of the great Kent Haruf. The beautiful simplicity and heartbreakingly accurate arrow to the heart, is omnipresent in all her work, and One Good Hustle is no exception. In this, her fourth book, she gives us Marlene and Sammie, mother and daughter, tied together with fierce loyalty and secret criminality. The story starts with Sammie taking a little respite from the bitter responsibility that is her mother. Like a lot of daughters, she has great hopes that her father will somehow change and become the hero in the story. Sammie has a foot in two worlds, and is trying to figure out where she belongs.

The "one good hustle" of the title ties in nicely with the ending which is in no way pat or even necessarily happy, but is very satisfying. The kind of book you wish didn't end. As with Going Down Swinging and Cease to Blush, this is book I'll probably read again. And probably again. Maybe that's Livingston's best hustle, eh?
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