Liberty Lanes by Robin Troy (review)

Liberty Lanes by Robin Troy (review) Western American Literature Western American Literature Winter 2014 Winter 2014 Liberty Lanes. By Robin Troy. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2011. 182 pages, $22.00. Reviewed by Matthew Heimburger University of Utah Literature is a young person's game. From the initial writerly education to the preferred themes and tropes of contemporary readers--and the intense marketing of it all!--we are so steeped in literary youth culture that it is surprising and a little suspicious when someone dares focus on "mature" characters and subject matter. Robin Troy's Liberty Lanes is a novel about old people. That in and of itself is significant. However, it is also a curious, charming, and insightful look at the sunset years and is noteworthy for more than its characters' ages. "Mature" in this case is meant in the chronological sense, not in terms of controversy. After all, not much happens in Liberty Lanes that could be called shocking. It is mainly, simply, the story of a group of elder friends who have gathered at a Montana bowling alley for decades. One night a ringleader named Nelson saves friend (and old flame) Fran from choking on a chicken-wing bone. The novel is the story of how the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Liberty Lanes by Robin Troy (review)

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Western American Literature Western American Literature Winter 2014 Winter 2014 Liberty Lanes. By Robin Troy. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2011. 182 pages, $22.00. Reviewed by Matthew Heimburger University of Utah Literature is a young person's game. From the initial writerly education to the preferred themes and tropes of contemporary readers--and the intense marketing of it all!--we are so steeped in literary youth culture that it is surprising and a little suspicious when someone dares focus on "mature" characters and subject matter. Robin Troy's Liberty Lanes is a novel about old people. That in and of itself is significant. However, it is also a curious, charming, and insightful look at the sunset years and is noteworthy for more than its characters' ages. "Mature" in this case is meant in the chronological sense, not in terms of controversy. After all, not much happens in Liberty Lanes that could be called shocking. It is mainly, simply, the story of a group of elder friends who have gathered at a Montana bowling alley for decades. One night a ringleader named Nelson saves friend (and old flame) Fran from choking on a chicken-wing bone. The novel is the story of how the

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Published: Jul 3, 2014

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