A Town Called Solace, Mary Lawson

Shortness is an aesthetic quality. This is not because short books are more concise, work better for certain sorts of subjects, encourage taut plots, or anything else like that. Short books do achieve those things, at their best, but they are not inherent in shortness, anymore than longness inevitably leads to Franzen-esque digressions about the state of the North American songbird population.

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