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Modern Ranch Living * Mark Jude Poirier * Miramax * $23.95

Anyone familiar with the bland sunbaked suburbs of the American Southwest will see what perfect use Mark Jude Poirier makes of his Tucson upbringing in his second novel, Modern Ranch Living. Sixteen-year-old bodybuilder Kendra Lumm veers between protein rich snacks and bouts of abusive behavior. This summer she is puzzling over the secret jockstrap collection her brother has stashed under the porch and the disappearance of her marker-sniffing former boyfriend. Meanwhile, her neighbor Merv, who manages Splash World water park and still lives at home at 30, conducts vague forays into the world of adulthood. Poirier's characters are believably eccentric, and his plots teem with the plausible weirdness of desert towns.
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Author:Marler, Regina
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Nov 23, 2004
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