Chasing Tales

Seattle Magazine: Like eating cookie dough with your fingers, Chasing Tales is a guilty pleasure. Seattle writer Lanae Rivers-Woods' debut novel follows a sextet of soul-searching 20-somethings through months of chaotic encounters, deftly hooking readers with breezily written character sketches that make the book hard to put down. The story, a gratifying ensemble piece about the true meaning of friendship, toes the line between fluff and higher-minded fiction. The six main characters have existential baggage, but what makes this book so delightful is its exploration of the group's esprit de corps. Thanks to Rivers-Woods' skillful dialogue, the characters evolve in front of one's eyes, like photographs developing in a darkroom. Grade: A- Rachelle Bravmann

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